|Tibouchina semidecandra at Strybing Arboretum, San Francisco|
About 350; see text.
Tibouchina // is a genus of about 350 species of neotropical plants in the family Melastomataceae. They are trees, shrubs or subshrubs growing 0.5–25 m tall, and are known as glory bushes or glory trees. They are native to rainforests of Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America, especially Brazil. The name comes from an adaptation of a term for a member of this genus in an indigenous language of the Guianas.
- Tibouchina anderssonii Wurdack
- Tibouchina bicolor
- Tibouchina campii Wurdack
- Tibouchina clavata
- Tibouchina elegans Cogn.
- Tibouchina gaudichaudiana
- Tibouchina gleasoniana Wurdack
- Tibouchina grandiflora (=T. heteromalla)
- Tibouchina granulosa
- Tibouchina herbacea
- Tibouchina heteromalla - silver-leaved princess flower
Several species are cultivated for their large bright flowers. As tropical plants they are rather cold-sensitive, and should be raised in a greenhouse wherever temperatures fall below 8 °C to 10 °C.
One species, Tibouchina lepidota 'Alstonville', known for its brilliant display of flowers in late summer and autumn is common in many parts of Australia.
- Sunset Western Garden Book, 1995:606–607
- "Tibouchina." Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged. Merriam Webster, 1961.
- Hawaii Administrative Rules, Title 4 Department of Agriculture, Subtitle 6 Division of Plant Industry, Chapter 68, Noxious Weed Rules (http://www.hawaiiag.org/hdoa/adminrules/AR-68.pdf, cited 5 February 2007)
- Tibouchina urvilleana: Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk project [PIER] data (http://www.hear.org/pier/species/tibouchina_herbacea.htm, accessed 5 February 2007)
- Plants of Hawaii reports: Tibouchina longifolia (http://www.hear.org/starr/hiplants/reports/html/tibouchina_longifolia.htm, accessed 5 February 2007)
- Plants of Hawaii reports: Tibouchina urvilleana (http://www.hear.org/starr/hiplants/reports/html/tibouchina_urvilleana.htm, accessed 5 February 2007)
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