Believe it or not, every country has a national flower or at least a flower that they identify themselves with. For Singapore, our national flower is the Vanda Miss Joaquim. The Vanda Miss Joaquim was chosen as Singapore’s National flower in 1981 out of 40 other flowers due to its vibrant colours, hardiness and resilience – qualities that Singapore wanted to embody. The flower came from the garden of Agnes Joaquim, an Armenian lady residing in Singapore (Yes that’s how the flower got its name!). The Vanda Miss Joaquim is actually a hybrid flower between two plants, the Vanda Hookeriana and the V.teres. It is also the only hybrid flower to have been selected as a national flower.
Further beyond the shores of Singapore, lies the Caribbean Islands that are home to one of the largest populations of flora and fauna. With the islands many unique landscapes like the dry and moist forests or mangrove swamps, it is no surprise that many beautiful flowers have made the islands their home. Like Singapore, each country in the Caribbean has its own unique national flower too. Scroll down to find out more!
Flowers play an important role in our every-day lives. They are often used as decorations and gifts but their significance runs much deeper. Flowers are emblems that help us to express ourselves, and to covey our thoughts and feelings. In this manner, national flowers too, tell a special story of a country’s unique personality and history. In their own shapes, forms, and colour, these national flowers reflect a tiny snapshot of these countries and cultures that are worth discovering in our own ways. We strongly encourage you to Gobeyond and explore richness of the Caribbean countries for yourself!