paper flower

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English[edit]

Bougainvillea glabra flower (white) and bract (magenta)
Campanula persicifolia
Cooper's paper flower
Psilostrophe cooperi

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paper flower (plural paper flowers)

  1. Used other than as an idiom: see paper,‎ flower.
    He was wearing a red paper flower in his lapel.
  2. A plant, Bougainvillea glabra, and its flower head, so called for the papery bracts.
    • 2000, IKA SALEHI MOHAMMAD; M TAGHIZADEH, “HERBACEOUS HOST RANGE OF UME WITCHES" BROOM PHYTOPLASMA IN IRAN”, Iranian Journal of Plant Pathology: 
      prosopis (syrian mesquite), sugarbeet, camelthorn, pigweed, potato, hemp, physalis, pepper, chrysanthemum, sesame, marigold, paper-flower, Mirabilis , carrot ...
    • 2002, WJ Steyn; SJE Wand, DM Holcroft, G Jacobs, “Anthocyanins in vegetative tissues: a proposed unified function in photoprotection”, New Phytologist: 
      Families within the order Centrospermae, including taxa like prickly pear (Opuntia sp.) and paper flower (Bougainvillea sp.), display transient red coloration
    • 2002, R Schoellhorn; E Alvarez, Warm climate production guidelines for bougainvillea:
      Introduction / Common Name: Bougainvillea, Paper Flower / Scientific Name: Bougainvillea glabra / Family: Nyctaginaceae
  3. A plant, the peach-leaved bellflower, Campanula persicifolia, and its flower.
    • 1826, Thomas Hood, “The Winter Nosegay”, in Whims and oddities: in prose and verse, with forty original designs‎, page 67:
      There is my Quaker Aunt, A Paper-Flower, — with a formal border / No breeze could e'er disorder, — Pouting at that old beau—the Winter Cherry, / A pucker'd berry; / And Box, like a tough-liv'd annuitant
  4. A plant, Psilostrophe cooperi, and its flower.
    • 1990, TMC Robert; CP Szpak, RJ Deslippe, “Experimental assessment of factors affecting the distribution of adult female tree lizards”, Oikos: 
      Between sites, small shrubs (zinnia, Zinnia pumila; paper flower, Psilostrophe cooperi) predominate.

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