Bougainvillea glabra

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Bougainvillea glabra
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Nyctaginaceae
Genus: Bougainvillea
B. glabra
Binomial name
Bougainvillea glabra

Bougainvillea glabra, the lesser bougainvillea or paperflower,[2] is the most common species of bougainvillea used for bonsai.[3]


It is an evergreen, climbing shrub with thorny stems. It usually grows 10–12 ft (3.0–3.7 m) tall, occasionally up to 30 ft (9 m). Tiny white flowers usually appear in clusters surrounded by colorful papery bracts, hence the name paperflower. The leaves are dark green, variable in shape, up to 4 in (10 cm) long.[4] The flowers are about 0.4 cm in diameter (the pink petal-like structures are not petals, but bracts.)[5]


B. glabra is heat and drought tolerant and frost sensitive. It is easily propagated by cuttings.[4] It needs full sunlight, warm weather and well drained soil to flower well.


  1. ^ "Bougainvillea glabra". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  2. ^ Common names for Lesser Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea glabra)—Encyclopedia of Life
  3. ^ "Bougainvillea bonsai" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 9, 2014.  (96 KB)
  4. ^ a b "Bougainvillea glabra - University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension". Archived from the original on 2007-04-28. Retrieved 2007-04-23.
  5. ^ Bougainvillea glabra. "Bougainvillea glabra". Flower View.