Nyctaginaceae bougainvillea glabra choisy or Bougainvillea, is a vine that is native to South America. It was first discovered in Brazil on a French Exploration expedition in the 1760's, led by Louis Antoine de Bougainville. The botanist on that trip who discovered it was Jeanne Baret, who disguised herself as a man on the expedition since woman were not allowed on the ship. This print depicts a specimen from NYBG's William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, collected by I. Vandebroek. Print measures 13"x19".
Containing more than 7.8 million preserved specimens, the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium is the largest herbarium in the Western Hemisphere and a priceless resource for scholars from around the world.