Sunday, August 29, 2010

Marco : bougainvillea flowers

bougainvilleas commonly called Paper Flowers, this thorny, woody vines are widely-grown in Singapore. They have very colorful bracts or leaves which are mistaken by many as the flowers of the plant because of their prominence.

The flowers are actually the white or cream color, trumpet-like, small and inconspicuous things surrounded by the bracts. Each cluster of three flowers has three large bracts surrounding them.

…the bracts are thin and papery, that is why the name “paper flower” .

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Joanne Olivieri said...

So well photographed. Your macros are beautiful

joco said...

Hiya Paula,
Good to be reminded so beautifully of the fact that what we see isn't what we think it is: not a purple flower but a yellow one ( In a purple cloak).

Hootin Anni said...

I love these....we have several of them around our front yard garden and in the back yard!!

A link to My Macro Photo

Hope to see you visit me ...have a glorious Monday.

Wendy said...

Oh, I used to have a bougainvillea! I was such a beautiful plant. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Great colors...these are really pretty!