Bougainvilleas adorn the fence of Aizawl Theological College (ATC)

Bougainvilleas are popular ornamental plants found in tropical moist regions and native to South American countries like Brazil, Peru and Argentina. However, bougainvilleas will thrive in almost any soil as long as it is well-drained and fertile. In India, it grows in tropical and sub tropical forests such as Sultanpur National park, Kanha National Park and Eravikulam National Park. It is also found in the North Eastern State of India. Bougainvilleas belong to the family Nyctaginaceae. They are a group of tropical and subtropical flowering shrubs and climbing vines. Bougainvilleas are often used as porch climbers and hedges. Its flower has a papery and delicate texture, and can easily lose its pedals during a severe wind. The other name for bougainvillea is paper flower. It has a popular woody scandent shrub and grows to the height of 10 -15 feet. The flowers varies from classic red, purple, orange, white, pink and cream, which bloom all year round. The history of Bougainvillea is quite interesting. It was named after Louis Antoine de Bougainville in 1768. Noted for being the first Frenchman to cross the Pacific, he was on a discovery voyage, which included royal botanist Philibert Commerson. Commerson is credited with discovering the plant in Brazil and then naming it after Bougainville. They returned to France with a sample, but because of its inability to withstand cold, it was referred to as a "stove plant" and had to be kept indoors. During their voyage, they carried the plant to the South Pacific, where it is now abundant. It is believed the plant was introduced to Southern California around 1870, by a whaling ship. The capital state as well as the largest city of Mizoram is Aizawl; the center of all important government offices, state assembly house and civil secretariat.Aizawl is also the main religious and cultural centers of the Mizos, the ethnic tribe of Mizoram.The city lies just north of the Tropic of cancer and is located at 3715 feet from the sea level. A birds eye view of the city will sure catch the attention of the beholder. Some of the notable places once you get to Aizawl city are Mizoram State Museum, Durtlang Hills, Mini Zoo, Bara Bazar, Luangmual Handicarfts Centre and Berawtlang Tourist Complex. Apart from these tourist sites, the nearby tourist attractions are Bung, Paikhai, Tamdil lake, Dampa Wildlife Sanctuary, Kolasib, Vantawng waterfalls, Champhai, Phawngpui, Saiha and Lunglei. courtesy: http://mizoram.nic.in/more/aizawl.htm Mizoram is one of the Seven Sister States in North Eastern India, sharing borders with the states of Tripura, Assam, Manipur and with the neighbouring countries of Bangladesh and Burma. Mizoram became the 23rd state of India on 20 February 1987. Its capital is Aizawl. Mizoram is located in the northeast of India. They are found in northwestern Myanmar, northeastern India and Bangladesh. Anthropologists classify them as Tibeto-Burman speaking member of the Mongoloid race. Source - Wikipedia This footage is part of the professionally-shot broadcast stock footage archive of Wilderness Films India Ltd., the largest collection of imagery from South Asia. The Wilderness Films India collection comprises of thousands of hours of high quality broadcast imagery, mostly shot on HDCAM 1080i High Definition, HDV and XDCAM. Write to us for licensing this footage on a broadcast format, for use in your production! We are happy to be commissioned to film for you or else provide you with broadcast crewing and production solutions across South Asia. We pride ourselves in bringing the best of India and South Asia to the world... Reach us at wfi @ vsnl.com and admin@wildfilmsindia.com.