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Genus: Tibouchina (glory bushes, glory trees)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid II > Order: Myrtales > Family: Melastomataceae

About 350 species, native to Mexico, Central and South America (especially Brazil), and the West Indies. Eight species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Tibouchina granulosa (Glory bush tree)

Native to Brazil.


Tibouchina heteromalla

Native to Brazil.


Tibouchina laxa

Native to Ecuador and Peru.


Tibouchina organensis

Native to Brazil.


Tibouchina pulchra

Native to Brazil.


Tibouchina stenocarpa

Native to Brazil.


Tibouchina urvilleana (Glory bush)

Native to Brazil.


Tibouchina elegans

Native to Brazil.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


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