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Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea glabra

Bougainvillea, Bougainvillea glabraThe bougainvillea in full bloom, with its almost vine like growth and brilliant color, makes quite a show in the garden.









Bougainvillea, Bougainvillea glabraThe brightly colored parts however are not flower petals.  They are specialized leaves called bracts.  When dry and brown, these bracts pile up in messy windrows around the yard.









Bougainvillea, Bougainvillea glabraThe bracts are in groups of three.  Each bract has a flower attached to it.  The flower is the red tube with yellow petals.










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