What Is The National Flower of Venezuela?
The Orchid or Cattleya Mossiaeis the national flower of Venezuela. It is commonly known as Cattleya Orchid or Christmas Orchid. It is also called ‘Queen of Orchids’, ‘Crimson Cattleya’,or Ruby-Lipped Cattleya and flor de mayo ( Mayflower) in Venezuelan language It comes from the Orchidaceae family which subfamily is Epidendroideae. Cattleya is the genus and C. Trianae is the species of the Venezuela’s national flower. Due to rich in climate, the land of Venezuela grows lot of flower with a different variety. The beauties, fragrant, popularity and availability of the Cattleya Mossiae or Christmas Orchid bound the State body to adopt her as the state flower of Venezuela in 1951.
Facts about Venezuela’s National Flower (Cattleya Trianae)
- Common Name: Cattleya Orchid, Christmas Orchid, Queen of Orchid, Crimson Cattleya or Ruby-Lipped Cattleya, flor de mayo(Mayflower)
- Genus: Cattleya
- Species: C. Trianae
- Found in: All over Venezuela.
- Color: Yellow-Pink
- Size: 5-6 cm
- Number of petals: 5-100
- Time of blooming: All around the year
- Purpose: Ornamental, Aromatherapy
- Symbolism: Resilience and endurance
The Cattleya Orchid or Cattleya TrianaeVenezuela’s National flower was named by John Lindley after William Cattley in 1824. This type of Orchid consists of 113species of Orchid. Cattleya Orchid can grow nicely in-house i.e. homely atmosphere and temperature that means the temperature should be 65 to 70 degree Fahrenheit in daytime and 58 to 60 degree Fahrenheit in night time. The flowers are about five centimeters across and six centimeters tall.
The petals of this flower are twisted around. The rear surface is forward-facing. The 2 petals and the top sepal are yellow-pink in color. The adjacent sepals are pale purple in color. The lip is really big and wide. The middle lobe spreads out like a fan. It is excellently speckled with dark purple.. Some jewelry brands in Brazil make necklaces, earrings and brooches crafted by gold plating real orchid. The Cattleya orchid is also used in aromatherapy.
Because of the light and sweet fragrance, Cattleya orchid is perfect for gifts and souvenirs. Orchid flowers have some special meaning in the express right message and that message can be, Happy Birth Day, Thank you, Happy Anniversary or Congratulation for promotion and it differs on the basis of flowers variety. It also signifies the emotion that also varies country to country. Some examples are: in Japan it is known as a symbol of wealth and nobility. In Chinese tradition, it shows as the symbol of refinement and innocence and also a symbol of many children. In England, it is the symbol of pure love and affection, also the symbol of rare & soft beauty, love and friendliness.
The plant of Cattleya Orchid increase humidity in the environment that can help to avoid the seasonal sickness like cough, throat aching and skin dryness. It was found after the research on flu, the high percentage of humidity can decrease the spreading of flu.
To sum up, The National flower of Venezuela, Cattleya Trianae or Christmas Orchid has symbolized the national spirit, pride and identity of Venezuela.