Thursday, July 4, 2013

Bougainvillea glabra - Paper Flower - Lesser Bougainvillea

General Information
Common Name Paper Flower, Lesser Bougainvillea
Scientific Name Bougainvillea glabra
Sun Tolerance Full Sun
Height 1 - 12 m (4 - 40 ft)
Spread 3 - 5 m (10 - 18 ft)
Growth Rate Fast
Bloom Time Around Year, Full in Spring
Color Green
Flower Color Magenta, Purple, Red, Orange, Pink, Yellow, White, Violate
Type Shrub
Native All tropical and subtropical countries
Classification
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Caryophyllidae
Order Caryophyllales
Family Nyctaginaceae – Four o'clock family
Genus Bougainvillea
Species B. glabra – paperflower

Bougainvillea glabra - Paper Flower - Lesser Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea glabra commonly known as  Paper Flower also known as Lesser Bougainvillea or Bougainvillea. Paper Flower is native of Brazil but now it cultivates all tropical and subtropical countries as ornamental plants. This is an evergreen, climbing woody vine. Its grows 1 – 12 m ( 4 – 40 ft). Tiny multi-color flowers usually appear in clusters surrounded by colorful papery bracts, so that it called paper flower. They have various colored flowers like as magenta, purple, red, orange, pink, yellow, white, violate etc. They tend to flower all year round in equatorial regions. Elsewhere, they are seasonal, with bloom cycles typically four to six weeks. But the real flowers are tucked away inside the papery bracts from summer to autumn.  Single and double flower forms are available. The woody trunk tends to be twisted and the thin stem has sharp thorns and dark green leaves. The leaves are alternate, simple ovate-acuminate, 4–13 cm long and 2–6 cm broad. Bougainvilleas can be easily grown as a hedge, an arch or a tree on the ground and in pots. Bougainvilleas available in a variety ofspecies, is ideal for bonsai.
Bougainvillea glabra may be grown from root cuttings and branch cuttings. Cuttings can propagate plants easily. Cuttings should be planted in a shady area until they form roots. The shoots, a few inches in length, can be replanted in sandy soil with bottom heat and moisture. Half-ripened or old woodcuttings in six to twelve inch lengths may be rooted April to June. Bougainvillea does best in dry conditions. They need full sunlight, warm weather and well-drained soil to flower well.


Bougainvillea glabra - Paper Flower - Lesser Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea glabra - Paper Flower - Lesser Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea glabra - Paper Flower - Lesser Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea glabra - Paper Flower - Lesser Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea glabra - Paper Flower - Lesser Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea glabra - Paper Flower - Lesser Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea glabra - Paper Flower - Lesser Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea glabra - Paper Flower - Lesser Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea glabra - Paper Flower - Lesser Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea glabra - Paper Flower - Lesser Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea glabra - Paper Flower - Lesser Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea glabra - Paper Flower - Lesser Bougainvillea

2 comments:

Stiletto ElsieXie said...

I love Bougy too! They are so colourful, showy and loud.

Asror Ortikov said...

Can I prune them during September

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