Monday, 15 September 2008

Which flower is this? (20)

This week's flower is another whose true flower is often unnoticed, the colourful parts actually being coloured leaves (called bracts). It is variety of Bougainvillea glabra with white bracts.

If you look closely, you can see a cluster of three true flowers in the middle of a group of three bracts. The flower is white and trumpet shaped. Different varieties have different coloured bracts; magenta, purple, pink, red and yellow. The flower is always white.

You can the flowers up really close here.

I took the two photos on this post at Beachfront Resort, just outside Luganville. We have lovely pink and magenta Bougainvillea all around the house but I have never seen a white one before.

Wikipdedia notes here and here.  Apparently they are great to bonsai.

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