The Story of Hibiscus (Bunga Raya) Malaysia’s (our) National Flower

Location: National Park, Kuala Lumpur

Without doubt, Hibiscus is one of our nation’s pride.

First of all, let’s see why the Hibiscus is chosen as national flower back in 1958 after a year of independence. Out of many suggested flowers, Hibiscus won the crown to be Malaysia’s national flower.

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Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is the national flower of Malaysia, called Bunga Raya in Malay. Introduced into the Malay Peninsula in the 12th century, it was nominated as the national flower in the year 1958 by the Ministry of Agriculture amongst a few other flowers, namely ylang ylangjasminelotusrosemagnolia, and medlar. On 28 July 1960, it was declared by the government of Malaysia that Hibiscus rosa-sinensis would be the national flower.

The word bunga in Malay means “flower”, while raya in Malay means “celebratory” or “grand”. The Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is literally known as the “celebratory flower” in Malay. The red of the petals symbolizes the courage, life, and rapid growth of the Malaysian, and the five petals represent the five Rukun Negara of Malaysia. The flower can be found imprinted on the notes and coins of the Malaysian ringgit. (Source: Wikipedia)

Long ago, this flower is widely seen at roads, highways, houses and schools. It’s broadly used as a fence for residential areas.

Time flies, technology changed the way we live. People can afford steel electronic gates. Every residential area requires security system. Safe living requires protection. People started to fall for cactus than to local flowers.

I rarely see them nowadays. I almost started to miss these flower.

Luckily, I got a chance to discover some rare typed of hibiscus recently. I’m overly excited see them in bulk so I took some snaps of them to keep unto my memories.

Isn’t it so beautiful?


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