Botanical name: Cuscuta reflexa Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning glory family)
Common name:English; Giant Dodder, Hindi: Amar bel , Akashbel • Manipuri: Uri sanamacha • Oriya: Kolanirmuli • Tamil: Kodiyagundal • Bengali: Swarna lata • Telugu: Sitamma pogunalu • Marathi:Nirmali • Assamese: Amarlati • Malayalam: Akasavalli
Bougainvillea is a genus of flowering plants native to South America from Brazil west to Peru and south to southern Argentina). Different authors accept between four and 18 species in the genus. The plant was classified by Europeans in Brazil in 1768, by Philibert Commercon, a French Botanist accompanying French Naval Admiral and explorer Louis Antoine Bougainville during his voyage of circumnavigation.
Key Words : Bougainvillea, Cuscuta reflexa, Convolvulaceae, dodder, South America,Philbert Commercon