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|Bougainvillea spectabilis found in Damauli, Nepal|
Comm. ex Juss.
Bougainvillea (// BOO-gən-VIL-ee-ə, US also /-/ BOH-) is a genus of thorny ornamental vines, bushes, and trees belonging to the four o' clock family, Nyctaginaceae. It is native to eastern South America, found from Brazil, west to Peru, and south to southern Argentina. Different authors accept from 4 to 18 species in the genus. The inflorescence consists of large colourful sepal-like bracts which surround three simple waxy flowers.
Named after French admiral and explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville (1729-1811).
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˌbuː.ɡənˈvɪl.ɪ.ə/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˌbu.ɡənˈvɪl.jə/, /ˌboʊ.ɡənˈvɪl.jə/
bougainvillea (plural bougainvilleas)
- Any of several South American flowering shrubs or lianas, of the genus Bougainvillea, having three showy, colorful bracts attached below each group of three inconspicuous flowers.