The national flower of Malaysia is the hibiscus (Rosa Sinensis), or as it is locally known the Bunga Raya. No one knows when the flower was first introduced to Malaysia, but undoubtedly it came via trade from its original home in China, Japan and the Pacific islands probably before the 12th century. 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.
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maloutim (9623) 2010-09-19 2:55
This is a beautiful photo of your national flower, and you were lucky not to have it deleted, because you gave a thorough explanation in your note!
In France, we know it much for its presence in The Antilles, and for its best friend the Humming bird, which sucks its nectar! Do you have such a bird in Malaysia?
Thanks for sharing!