Definition of bougainvillea in English:


Syllabification: bou·gain·vil·le·a
Pronunciation: /ˌbo͞oɡənˈvilēə, ˌbōɡənˈvilēə
(also bougainvillaea)


An ornamental climbing plant that is widely cultivated in the tropics. The insignificant flowers are surrounded by brightly colored papery bracts that persist on the plant for a long time.
  • Genus Bougainvillea, family Nyctaginaceae
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  • Standards of plants not requiring dormant cycles, such as bougainvillea, hibiscus, ivies or geraniums, have a simple winter culture.
  • Anthuriums, roses, hibiscuses, chrysanthemums, lilies and bougainvilleas were some of the other carnations that were on display.
  • Miller also offers a variety of tropical plants, including bromeliads, bougainvillea, citrus, hibiscus, and orchids.


named after Louis de Bougainville (see Bougainville, Louis Antoine de).

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