Friday, March 18, 2011

Hibiscus – National Flower

  • The national flower of Malaysia - Bunga Raya
  • Hibiscus Rosasinensis
  • Its flowers are large and trumpet-shaped, with colours ranging from white through yellow, orange to scarlet and shades of pink.
  • Official Launch as our National Flower 28/7/1960
  • Chosen by our 1st Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • The five petals of the Bunga Raya symbolise the Rukunegara (the Five Principles of Nationhood), while the colour red represents courage.
  • From early times, the hibiscus has been known to have many uses, mostly medicinal. Its petals were commonly used to darken and enhance women’s eyebrows; while some people still use the roots of the hibiscus plant as a cure for fever and other ailments. Skin eruptions and glandular troubles are said to be relieved by the application of the juice obtained from its leaves and roots while a poultice prepared from the leaves is often applied to cure headaches. It can also used as a shoe polish to shine your shoe.

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