Bougainvillea glabra, commonly known as paper flower, is a species of flowering plant in the family Nyctaginaceae. It is native to Brazil and is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide.
Bougainvillea glabra is a climbing plant with thorny stems that can grow up to 10 meters long. The leaves are oval-shaped and can reach up to 10 centimeters in length. The flowers are small and inconspicuous, but they are surrounded by colorful bracts that can range in color from pink, red, purple, and white. The bracts are the main feature that makes the plant so popular as an ornamental plant.
Bougainvillea glabra is a hardy plant that prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It is drought-tolerant and can grow in a wide range of soil types. The plant is commonly propagated through stem cuttings and can be trained to grow on walls, trellises, or other supports.
Bougainvillea glabra is also known for its medicinal properties. In traditional medicine, the plant is used to treat a range of ailments, including coughs, fever, and digestive problems. However, the plant can be toxic if ingested, so caution should be exercised when using it for medicinal purposes.
Overall, Bougainvillea glabra is a beautiful and versatile plant that is well-suited for tropical and subtropical gardens and landscapes.