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Genus: Bougainvillea

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Order: Caryophyllales > Family: Nyctaginaceae

Bougainvillea sp.

In garden at Brenton-On-Sea (Western Cape, South Africa).


Native to South America. Two species and a hybrid cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Bougainvillea glabra

Native to Brazil.


Bougainvillea spectabilis

Native to Brazil.


Bougainvillea x buttiana


Herbivores on garden plants in southern Africa

Hippotion eson (Common Striped Hawkmoth)

Lepidoptera: Sphingidae (hawkmoths)

Caterpillar eats the leaves.