from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of polypetalous plants, type of the tribe Tibouchineæ in the order Melastomaceæ.
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From gardeners.com: Woody-stemmed tropicals, such as jasmine, brugmansia, tibouchina and bananas, should be brought indoors before the first frost.
He bought me a copy, and I remember him standing beside a tibouchina tree in his patio, rain running down the red tiles of the roof, as he read aloud from the book.
The house was one of the less pretentious ones, but it was solid brick, two-storeyed with a double garage on the ground floor and a waterless fountain on the opposite side of the path from the tibouchina.
A large tibouchina tree stood in the front garden, its deep purple bells looming like a Lenten cloud; its colour, Malone thought, was appropriate for the occasion but he would have preferred a more nondescript ornament.
He left her standing like a shadow behind the security door, walked through the purple shade of the tibouchina and out to his car.
I've also got a tibouchina rooting in the windowsill from Michael Streit.