bou·gain·vil·le·a / ˌboōgənˈvilyə; -ˈvēə; ˌbō-/ (also bou·gain·vil·lae·a) •
n. an ornamental climbing plant (genus Bougainvillea, family Nyctaginaceae) that is widely cultivated in the tropics. The insignificant flowers are surrounded by brightly colored papery bracts.
Bougainvillea (family Nyctaginaceae)
A genus of spiny, sarmentose
shrubs or climbers that produce flowers in threes, surrounded by three coloured bracts
. They are extensively cultivated, with numerous varieties. There are 14 species, native to tropical America.
Tropical, flowering woody vine native to S
America, often grown as a garden plant in warm climates. Its flowers have showy purple or red bracts. It was named after the French explorer Louis de Bougainville
. Family Nyctaginaceae; genus Bougainvillea.