I saw a pink hibiscus flower posted in Gaye Johnson’s photography blog. The flower looks like the type of hibiscus we have, only the color is different. Hibiscus or bunga raya (Malay) is the national flower of Malaysia.
There are many varieties of the hibiscus over here, but the five-petaled Hibiscus rosa sinensis was chosen above the others, as the most symbolically relevant. The five petals of the bunga raya symbolise the Rukunegara while the color red represents courage.
Bunga raya or red hibiscus flower is found in abundance throughout the country, and for this very reason, was chosen to be the national flower (in 1960) by Malaysia’s first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman.
Checking from the wikipedia.org, there are probably many combinations (crossbreeds) and could have been resulted with thousands combinations on colors, shapes and form.
The acceptance of this great, colorful flower has enabled formation of a commodity for hobbyists. Some colors, such as blue & black are considered rare but it has began to surface via breeding. It is a common sight to find Hibiscus (Bunga Raya) as popular household gardening plants and along roads and highways in Malaysia.
Do you know that the national flower, bunga raya, is known for its medicinal properties? The roots of the plant are used as a cure for fever and other ailments, while the juice obtained from the leaves and roots is said to be effective in relieving skin eruptions and glandular troubles. Also, the petals were commonly used as cosmetics to darken and highlight women’s eyebrows.
My wife loves flowers. She has planted a hibiscus in the garden and now its flowers are blooming. I took these pictures to compare with the pink and red color hibiscus. I may post some more pictures on hibiscus flowers of different colors for the next posting.