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Bunga Raya

Bunga Raya


The national flower of Malaysia is the hibiscus, or bunga raya. The 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. There are many varieties of the hibiscus, 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 (the Five Principles of Nationhood), while the colour red represents courage. It is believed that the flower first arrived in Malaysia via trade from its original home in the Far East sometime before the 12th century.
Did you know?? : 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.

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Ghislaine et Réal Boulet26-Oct-2008 02:11
Soft and lovely.
Guest 02-Apr-2007 03:35
Terri Steele31-Mar-2007 14:40
Exquisite color and detail! Wow!
Dan Ng31-Mar-2007 02:49
Stunning macro and color!!! Plants are so important in providing herbs to relieve our ailments. My mom fed me many as a bitter tea when I was young ;o( V.
Wei O'Connell31-Mar-2007 00:48
Gorgeous colors and great details. vote
Tom Munson30-Mar-2007 15:41
Beautiful image, luv the bright color. V
Rich Westfall30-Mar-2007 15:28
Gorgeous shot. Great detail and vivid color without blowing out. Excellent.
Fong Lam30-Mar-2007 12:07
Radiant !!
Nestor30-Mar-2007 10:17
We grow this lovely flower in our garden, Thank You for the information about the value of this plant other than its beauty.
You are so fortunate to have this lovely plant growing native in your home land.
Great picture . Vote
Andrew Vincent30-Mar-2007 10:16
Not only are you an accomplished photographer you are the perfect partner for Trivial Pursuit. You have many hidden talents Tricia! vote.
Eric Carrère30-Mar-2007 09:53
Terrific shot and PP Tricia ;o)
akleja30-Mar-2007 09:50
Nice shot!
Enny30-Mar-2007 09:07
it's a beauty Tricia, great color.
sushislee30-Mar-2007 07:24
this is a lovely kind of bunga raya:) great shot , great details! atchoum!
QUERIDO30-Mar-2007 06:18
Beautiful shot,vote
Paco López30-Mar-2007 04:20
Wonderful ligt, Tricia!! Perfect closeup! ¡V!
Sheila30-Mar-2007 04:05
Superb shot. I love the grain of pollen on the left.
CIS30-Mar-2007 03:18
A 'Joy to see such a Lovely shot' of it and read all the info you provided!!! I adore hibiscus flowers, so richly exotic.
Jay Levin30-Mar-2007 02:59
Fantastic result with the 18-200mm, Tricia. And such incredibly vibrant color! Vote
Jean D30-Mar-2007 02:12
Another superb macro shot with exquisite detail and soothing colour! Well done! GMV.
Kevin Sargent30-Mar-2007 01:28
Yeah. V