from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A genus of verbenaceous shrubs of tropical America, bearing a great profusion of blue flowers in racemes. D. Plumieri is found in greenhouses.
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The blue duranta and the white oleander, the cool gray-green hibiscus with lemon-colored blossoms, the yellow allamanda, the trumpet lily, acacias, lilac ipomaea, tree ferns, and huge bird's-nest ferns mingled with white convolvulus, and over all lifted groves of cocoas and the symmetrical breadfruit.
Was it seventeen or seventy times (I forget) in one page that I laid down my pen, put off my spectacles and caught up my net to rush after that brute of a Papilio polymnestor, who just came to the duranta flowers to flout me and skip over the wall into the next garden?
A: Other heat-and-drought beaters include bird of paradise bush, duranta