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Krohn Conservatory Bonsai #19 - Bougainvillea

Scientific Name:

  • Bougainvillea galabria


  • Bougainvillea

Type of Tree

This Bougainvillea was donated by Bonsai Society member Judy Fister, and Bob Hill from the Dayton Bonsai Society in 2018. 

It is a mother/daughter composition and informal upright style.  The pot is oval, glazed, beige in color and is 4 inches deep.

The first European to describe these plants was Philibert Commerçon, a botanist accompanying French Navy admiral Louis Antoine de Bougainville during his voyage of circumnavigation of the Earth. It was first published by Antoine Laurent de Jussieu in 1789. 

It is possible that the first European to observe these plants was Jeanne Baret, Commerçon's assistant, who was an expert in botany. Because she was not allowed on ship as a woman, she disguised herself as a man to make the journey and thus became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe.

Germination Year
1978 (Age: 45 years)
In Training Since
1995 (28 years)
Acquired in
Insect Control

It appears to be insect resistant.