"red and white bougainvillea"
Bougainvillea flowers - Credit: Jengod
is a type of flowering plant native to South America. They are evergreen scramblers which use their thorns to help them climb over other plants or structures and flower mainly in white, although also red, yellow, orange or pink. They were named for the French explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville
who led a circumnavigatory expedition to South America in 1789 on which the plant was first recorded. Bougainvillea is a popular ornamental plant found in countries with warm climates, from the Mediterranean to South America and the Caribbean.