Bougainvilleas have beautiful, brightly colored bracts, which are specialized leaves that contain the plant’s flowers.
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The vine species grow anywhere from 1 to 12 m (3 to 40 ft.) tall, scrambling over other plants with their spiky thorns. The thorns are tipped with a black, waxy substance. They areÂ evergreenÂ where rainfall occurs all year, orÂ deciduousÂ if there is aÂ dry season. TheÂ leavesÂ are alternate, simple ovate-acuminate, 4â13 cm long and 2â6 cm broad. The actualÂ flowerÂ of the plant is small and generally white, but each cluster of three flowers is surrounded by three or sixÂ bractsÂ with the bright colours associated with the plant, including pink, magenta, purple, red, orange, white, or yellow.Â Bougainvillea glabraÂ is sometimes referred to as “paper flower” because the bracts are thin and papery. TheÂ fruitÂ is a narrow five-lobedÂ achene.