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.
Mystic Isles of the South Seas. Frederick O'Brien 1900
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?
Behind the Bungalow Edward Hamilton Aitken 1880
A: Other heat-and-drought beaters include bird of paradise bush, duranta
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