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  • n. Plural form of bignonia.


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  • Thousands and millions of convolvoluses, paulinias, bignonias, dendrobiums, climbing from the fern to the tree trunks, from the trunks to the branches and summits of the trees, and thence again falling gracefully down, and catching and clinging to the mangroves and blocks of granite.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 342, April, 1844

  • When day broke we had left the railroad, and were jolting along through a parched sandy plain, thinly covered with acacias, nopals, and other kinds of cactus, bignonias, and the great tree-euphorbia, with which we had been so familiar in Cuba, with its smooth limbs and huge white flowers.

    Anahuac : or, Mexico and the Mexicans, Ancient and Modern

  • In those forests whatever has a stout stem is used without scruple by the bignonias and air-plants, which race over the trunk, plant their root-claws in the cracks, leap over the whole tree at a single jet, or strangle it with multiplied knots, all the while adorning it with a superb mantle of leaves and blossoms.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 23, February, 1873

  • She wished it framed in scarlet bignonias, and as the painting is more than half done, Sister Anice can easily complete it.

    At the Mercy of Tiberius

  • The clematises, tropæolums, solanums, gloriosa lilies among leaf-climbing plants; the bignonias, cobæas, bryonies, vines, passion flowers, and other tendril-bearing plants; the ivy, and other root and hook climbers were carefully studied; and botanists for the first time realised fully the advantages which climbing plants possess in the struggle for existence.

    Life of Charles Darwin

  • We may thus perhaps explain the number of very large tubular flowers in the tropics, such as the huge brugmansias and bignonias; while in the Andes and in Chile, where humming-birds are especially plentiful, we find great numbers of red tubular flowers, often of large size and apparently adapted to these little creatures.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • The buttercup is replaced by the little poisonous yellow oxalis with its viviparous buds; the passion-flowers, asclepiads, bignonias, convolvuluses, and climbing leguminous plants escape both floods and cattle by climbing the highest trees and towering overhead in a flood of bloom.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • In the front garden, flower-garden and potager in one, the bees were busy among the autumn growths -- many-coloured asters, bignonias, scarlet-beans, and the old-fashioned parsonage flowers.

    Imaginary Portraits

  • In the front garden, flower - garden and potager in one, the bees were busy among the autumn growths -- many-coloured asters, bignonias, scarlet-beans, and the old - fashioned parsonage flowers.

    Imaginary Portraits

  • Gradually, as we advanced, the bank became covered with swamp ivy, bignonias, and cedar-trees, till we at last came out on a sandy shore, where five or six turtles were apparently asleep.

    Aventures d'un jeune naturaliste. English


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