Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Cayman Today


It’s hard to miss these vibrant flowers all over the Grand Cayman. They are truly stunning. Named for Admiral Louis de Bougainvillea, an admiral in the French Navy who discovered the plant in Brazil in 1768. It was a botanical highlight of the voyage. Through the ensuing years, this Brazilian beauty has assumed its rightful place as one of the most popular, spectacular and beautiful tropical plants.

The blooms as we know them are not true flowers, but are 3 large papery bracts that encircle small, white, tubular inconspicuous flowers much like the poinsettia. They have names for the many varieties that are colorful as well. Golden yellow 'California Gold', and its gold and green leaved variegated 'Vickie'. The dark pink flowers of 'Juanita Hatten'. 'Barbara Karst'. Bright red to bluish crimson in shade. 'Sundown' Apricot color. 'Jamaica White' white, veined with green. 'Texas Dawn' smaller pink flowers, in huge clusters. 'Double Pink' clear pink. 'Surprise' large, clear pink-white bi-color flowers.

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