Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hibiscus Cultivars at the Museum Garden

At the Sarawak Museum garden yesterday I saw these colourful blooms of the hibiscus.  The red type hibiscus ( Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) is the national flower of Malaysia and is lovingly called ' Bunga Raya'.  Many people believe that the hibiscus originated from east Aftrica.  However there are claims that it has its origins in China and the Paciific Islands.  Nowadays there are hundreds of cultivars and they can appear in various colours like below.

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