Friday, April 9, 2010

ASEAN National Flowers (Part 2)

'The Paduak' (Pterocarpus Indicus)
*The people of Myanmar regard this flower as a symbol of strengh and durability.
*As beautiful as it is, it also suggests youth, love and romance.
* It plays important roles both in religious and traditional occassions.
*Can be seen everywhere in Myanmar.
*The wood of this plant is used to make furnitures.

The Philippines
'The Sampaguita Jasmine' (Arabian Jasmine)
* Adopted officially as the National flower of the Philippines in 1934.
*It blooms for the full year.
*It is a star-shaped white flower.
*It has a sweet and unique smell and at night the flowers open.
*The flowers can wilt in a day.
* The flower represent the Filipino people as purity, simplicity, humility and strength.

'Vanda Miss Joaquin'
*Singapore has adopted this flower as its National Flower in 1981.
* The most common type of flowers planted in Singapore.
*It is a mixture of one flower with another (hybrid)
*It is named after its breeder.
The flowers are purple and they bloom throughout the year.

'The Ratchaphruek' (Cassia Fistula Linn)
* It is a well-known flower in Thailand.
*It is cluster-shaped.
*The colour of the flower, which is yellow is regarded as the colour of Buddhism and glory.
*The flower also represent unity and harmony of the Thai people.
*When blossoming, the leaves will shed off from the tree, while the beautiful yello flowers would hang on its branches.
*Can be found everywhere in Thailand.

'The Lotus'
*Also known as the 'Flower of the Dawn'.
*Can be found in the lakes and ponds.
*It symbolises the purity, commitment and optimism for tomorrow.
*The beauty of this flower is often mentioned in the Viatnamese folk songs and poems.