What Is The National flower of Malaysia?
Hibiscus is the national flower of Malaysia. Hibiscus rosa- sinensis is the scientific name of Hibiscus and it is commonly known as Bunga Raya in Malaysia. Bunga Raya means a Celebratory flower. It is also known as China rose. Rosa-sinensis means rose of China but it is not related to the rose or Rosaceae family, it comes from the Malvaceae family, which is native to the Asian tropical region.
Every country has a desire to have a national symbol or emblem. Malaysia is not out of this. After they are getting true Independence in 1957 they are very much keening to adopt a flower, which symbolizes country identity as well as the nation. In this context, the Ministry of Agriculture called proposals from all state governments about their choice.
There were seven flowers have proposed and those are hibiscus, jasmine, rose, lotus, ylang-ylang, frangipani, and Bunga Tanjung. Interestingly the state governments are divided by the east and west coast. East coast voted for rose while west coast for Jasmine. After a long discussion and wide thinking, the Ministry select Hibiscus as the National Flower of Malaysia, and that was declared in the year 1960.
The national flower of Malaysia hibiscus or Bunga Raya is called the “Queen of Tropical Flowers” though it grows wildly in the world’s tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate regions as an ornamental plant. Hibiscus is a small tree with evergreen shrub, glossy single stem leaves. It grows up to 8 feet tall. As it is a diverse genus hibiscus made around 220 species of flowers with five bright colors like red, white, pink. Purple and yellow.
Facts About National Flower Malaysia
- Common Name: Hibiscus or Bunga Raya or China rose
- Genus: Hibiscus
- Species: H. rosa-sinensis
- Found in: Native to Tropical region of AsiaColor: White, pink, red, dark pink
- Number of petals: 5
- Form of the tree: Triangular, columnar, V-shape, weeping, flat-topped
- Time of blooming: Summer and autumn
- Purpose: Ornamental
- Symbolism: Life, courage, and rapid growth of the nation. Five petals indicate Nation’s Principles.
Hibiscus rosa-Sinensis that means ‘China rose’ is the most popular among its 220 variety. People have fencing and ornamenting their gardens by planting hibiscus trees. It grows in rich and well-drained moist soil full of the sun naturally near ditches, edge of ponds, and swamps.
Usually, the hibiscus is being considered as ornamental flowers, decoration of hoses and fencing gardens, and beautification of lawn and premises. The hibiscus is one of the great gifts of the creator to his creature as it has or can be used for any purpose. It is the source of food and medicinal use. Hibiscus tea has a delicious taste and is caffeine-free with a lovely fragrance. The dried hibiscus is edible and used for food. Hibiscus tea is rewound by various names and brands.
In Australia, it is Roselia, Latin America flor de Jamaica in and sorrel in Jamaica. It has a lot of health benefits like; Protects the Liver, Manage Blood Pressure, minimize Cholesterol, improves Digestion, Satiates Thirst, Lowers weight, Act as an Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-bacterial agent, Act as Antidepressant Agent, and has Anti-Cancer Properties.
Indian Ayurveda physicians use the hibiscus for hair loss treatment, in the Philippines hibiscus roots are being used as an aperitif and tonic. The Adivasi of South Africa uses hibiscus leaf for dressing septic wounds. The Juice of hibiscus is a very popular health beverage in Jamaica and Mexico. Hibiscus is not the national flower of Malaysia is also the national floral emblem of Malaysia.