24 July 2015

Bougainvillea 5.6.1985

With its spectacular mass of brightly coloured bracts, the Bougainvillea is unrivalled both in beauty and utility, particularly in the gardens of the tropics and sub-tropics. The Bougainvillea, a native of South America, was first collected by Commerson, a French botanist at Rio De Janerio, Brazil, who named it after Louis Antoine de Bougainvillea, the French navigator, with whom he went on a voyage round the world during 1766-1769.

The 50p. stamp features the variety Mahara, while the H.B. Singh is depicted on the 100p. stamp.

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