What Is The State flower of Puerto Rico?
Puerto Rican Hibiscus is the official State flowerof Puerto Rico.In Puerto Rico it is known asflor de maga. It also commonly known as Thespesiagrandiflora, Magagrandiflora, Muntezuma. Thespesiagrandiflorais the scientific name of Puerto Rican Hibiscus. It also known as China rose. Rosa-sinensis means rose of china but it is not related with rose or rosaceae family, it comes from malvaecae family. It found large scale near San Juan in the north-easternPuerto Rico.
It also found in Florid, Hawaii, Honduras and in the various part of Caribbean islands. Despite the member of malvaecae family it is clearly different from the common hibiscus. The tree of flor de maga or Puerto Rican hibiscus tree is taller than common hibiscus tree. It also very much attractive with nice small to medium size, which contains large dark pink or red flower surrounding green leaves. Most of the hibiscus is the native to Asian tropical region. All over the world Hibiscus found in various color and every color indicate different symbol.
It has also religious history. According to the Hindu mythology the red hibiscus is the flower of Goddess Kaali and appears commonly in depictions of her in the art of India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. It also used as offering flower (Anjali call in Bengali language) to the GoddessKaali and LordGanesha in Hindu worship. Hibiscus is the symbol of Life, courage and rapid growth of the nation. Being the all aspect people of Hawaii enormously loves Puerto Rican hibiscus and that make it the National flower of Puerto Rico.
Facts about State Flower Puerto Rico (Puerto Rican Hibiscus)
- Common Name: Puerto Rican Hibiscus
- Genus: Thespesia
- Species: T. grandiflora
- Found in: Native to Puerto Rico and Caribbean islans.
- Color: Yellow
- Number of petals: 5
- Form of the tree: Triangular, columnar, V-shape, weeping, flat-topped
- Time of blooming: May to June
- Purpose: Ornamental
- Symbolism: Old royalty & communicates power and respect.
The state flower of Puerto Ricoyellowhibiscus also called the “Queen of Tropical Flowers” though it is grow wildly in the world’s tropical, sub-tropical and warm temperate regions as 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. 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 tree. The Tahitian and Hawaiian girls are traditionally worn hibiscus which has a secret symbolic indication. The woman who wore behind her left ear it means she is married and if she wore it on right ear it means she is single and waiting for relationship.
It grows in rich and well drained moist soil with full of sun naturally near ditches, edge of ponds and swamps. Usually the hibiscus are being consider as ornamental flower, decoration of hoses and fencing gardens and beautification of lawn and premises. The hibiscus is one the great gift of creator to his creature as it has or can be used for many purpose. It is the source of food and medicinal use. Hibiscus tea has delicious taste and caffeine free with lovely fragrance.
The dried hibiscus is edible and used to 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 lot of health benefit like; Protects Liver, Manage Blood Pressure, minimize Cholesterol, improves Digestion, Satiates Thirst, Lowers weight, Act as Anti-Inflammatory an Antibacterial Agent, Act as Antidepressant Agent and has Anti-Cancer Properties. Indian Ayurveda physicians use the hibiscus for hair loss treatment, in Philippines hibiscus roots being used as an aperitif and tonic. The Adivasi of South Africa use hibiscus leaf for dressing septic wound. The Juice of hibiscus is very popular heath beverage in Jamaica and Mexico.
To sum up, Hibiscus is the people’s favorite national flower of Puerto Rico. Although it is an unofficial national symbol of Puerto Rico,it is the symbol of Life, courage and rapid growth of the nation.