Orchids forum: Double Chaconnia-National Flower of Trinidad and Tobago

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Name: Prabhi Setty
Trinidad West-Indies
prabhisetty
Feb 28, 2015 9:28 AM CST
I am posting the image of our national flower, the tree blooms during the dry season.
Prabhi Setty


Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Feb 28, 2015 1:46 PM CST
Interesting plant, worthy of a little research. There is even debate on how to spell the name. It seems this double flowering variety was found on a single plant and all of the succeeding plants have come from its root cuttings. The single flowering one is the wild variety and may well be the national flower. The double flowering one is unique to Trinidad and Tobago and is the one favored by the plant industry. Like bougainvillea, the color comes from brackets while the small flowers go mostly unnoticed. Very pretty indeed.

Jim
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Name: Prabhi Setty
Trinidad West-Indies
prabhisetty
Feb 28, 2015 2:30 PM CST
Hi ,
We were told that it is named after the last Governor of Trinidad and his name was Jose Maria Chacon.
Prabhi Setty
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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Hibiscus Birds Bromeliad Greenhouse Master Gardener: Florida
Garden Photography Region: United States of America Roses Tropicals Region: Florida Orchids
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hawkarica
Feb 28, 2015 3:05 PM CST
Right you are, Prabhi. He was the last colonial Spanish Governor.

Jim
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Feb 28, 2015 3:26 PM CST
The botanical name of this plant appears to be Warszewiczia coccinea. We have no photos in that entry, so it would be great if you could post your photo there, Prabhi.

Pride of Trinidad and Tobago (Warszewiczia coccinea)
Name: Prabhi Setty
Trinidad West-Indies
prabhisetty
Feb 28, 2015 4:58 PM CST
I can not remember the date on which the photograph was taken, so what should I do?

Prabhi setty
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Feb 28, 2015 5:45 PM CST
You don't need the date. Do you want me to import the photo from the forum into the database for you?
Name: Prabhi Setty
Trinidad West-Indies
prabhisetty
Feb 28, 2015 8:32 PM CST
Yes you can.
Prabhi setty
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Cottage Gardener
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zuzu
Feb 28, 2015 8:35 PM CST
It has been imported and the entry now looks absolutely beautiful! Smiling

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