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Bougainvilleas at Bukit Timah Core

August 30, 2011

In 1768 when French explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville (1729-1811) began his long journey to the Pacific Ocean and discovered the vine that now bears his name, it was a botanical highlight of the voyage. Through the ensuing years, this Brazilian beauty has assumed its rightful place as one of the most popular, spectacular and beautiful tropical plants.

Bougainvillea, though being one of the commonest of garden plants in the tropics and subtropics, it can still attract attention with its spectacular displays of intense colourful, papery bracts that surround the flowers. We have more than 50 hybrids of Bougainvillea in our collection including Bougainvillea ‘Elizabeth Angus’, Bougainvillea ‘Easter Parade’, Bougainvillea glabra ‘Penang’, Bougainvillea glabra ‘Pride of Singapore’, Bougainvillea glabra ‘Singapore Pink’, Bougainvillea ‘Mrs Eva’, Bougainvillea spectabilis ‘Lord of Willindon’, and Bougainvillea spectabilis ‘Calcutta’.


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