Flowers – Bougainvillea Flowers Not What They Seem

The blooms of Bougainvillea aren’t actually blooms at all. The showy paper-like structures are a modified leaf called a bract. These bracts hide the actual flowers inside, which are small and trumpet-shaped in whites and yellows. The showy bracts are typically found on new growth, with the showiest display following their winter dormancy. Captured in Santa Monica, California.

Close up of a Red Bougainvillea Flower
Pink Shade Bougainvillea

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