tibouchina

noun tib·ou·chi·na \ˌtibəˈkīnə, -kēnə\

Definition of tibouchina

  1. 1 capitalized :  a large genus of South American shrubs or rarely herbs (family Melastomaceae) having entire 5- to 7-nerved leaves and trichotomous panicles of large purple flowers with a hairy calyx, 10 stamens, and a 5-celled ovary — see glory-bush, spiderflower 2

  2. 2 plural -s :  any plant of the genus Tibouchina

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Origin and Etymology of tibouchina

New Latin, from tibouch (from native name in Guiana) + -ina


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