Tibouchina urvilleana

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Tibouchina urvilleana
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T. urvilleana flower
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Melastomataceae
Genus: Tibouchina
Species: T. urvilleana
Binomial name
Tibouchina urvilleana

Tibouchina urvilleana is a species of flowering plant in the family Melastomataceae, native to Brazil. Growing to 3–6 m (10–20 ft) tall by 2–3 m (7–10 ft) wide, it is a sprawling evergreen shrub with longitudinally veined, dark green hairy leaves. Clusters of brilliant purple flowers up to 10 cm (4 in) in diameter, with black stamens, are borne throughout summer and autumn.[1]

Common names include:

  • Glory bush
  • Lasiandra
  • Princess flower      
  • Pleroma
  • Purple glory tree[2]

The specific epithet urvilleana commemorates the 19th century French explorer and botanist Jules Dumont d'Urville.[3]

With a minimum temperature of 3 °C (37 °F), it requires some winter protection, and in temperate areas is often grown in a conservatory. However, it can also be grown outside in a sunny, sheltered spot.[4] It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[2]


  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ a b "RHS Plant Selector - Tibouchina urvilleana". Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 
  4. ^ http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/st633