A native to coastal Brazil, the bougainvillea was discovered in 1768 in Rio de Janeiro by French naturalist Dr. Philibert Commer├žon (also sometimes spelled Commerson). The plant is named after his close friend and ship’s admiral Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, who commanded the ship La Boudeuse that sailed around the world between 1766-1769, and in which Commer├žon was a passenger.
It certainly speaks to tropical Florida, although it is covered in thorns.
This scene was requested by a client who longs for her memories of a Key West vacation.


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