BC National flowers
An unusual and Exquisite Nationwide Logo
Everybody loves orchids! Originating 60 million years ago in temperate areas of Asia and also the Americas, orchids have the widest array of blossoms and color of any plant family members. Guatemala hosts one of the biggest kinds of orchids in the field with hundreds of species growing for the country.
With freedom from Spain (1821) celebrated this month, it's a good time to talk about one of Guatemala’s nationwide symbols, the nationwide flower—Lycaste Skinneri Alba— more commonly referred to as Monja Blanca (White Nun).
In 1933 Mrs. Letitia Southerland, president of the intercontinental rose show held in Miami Beach, Florida, had written a letter to Guatemalan President Jorge Ubico to thank him for delivering an attractive group of native orchids. Noting that Guatemala did not have a national flower, she requested that he consider the exquisite Monja Blanca. Following her advice President Ubico declared it the nationwide rose of Guatemala in 1934.
Sources to orchids are located throughout many cultures dating back into the Greeks, just who attributed recovery and aphrodisiac qualities for them. These people were in addition studied by Greek philosopher and naturalist Theophrastus (374-287 BC), a pupil of Aristotle.
One legend has actually it that Orchis, the child of a nymph and a satyr, during some festivities, got drunk and committed the sin of making love to a priestess, punishable by death because of the gods. After he begged the gods becoming spared, they agreed upon the disorder that later on in life Orchis incorporate pleasure to males. He had been transformed into an orchid and also the old Greeks attributed erotic abilities of the deceased Orchis to those plants.
In the first century, Nero’s doctor, Dioscorides, in Materia Medica, connected similar properties to orchids. For centuries it had been thought that by consuming orchids you could affect the unborn child is male. It is certainly not yet determined that Guatemala’s White Nun may have these attributes!
The Chinese cultivated some types of orchids above 1, 500 year ago. Orchids, symbolic of brilliance, sparked interest featuring its beautiful scent. Confucius (551-479 BC) described orchids as “the queen of fragrant flowers.”
The Catholic Church, on the other hand, considered orchids because the food of Satan that drove men to excesses. Orchids are pointed out within the treatise Bock Tragus Hieronynus plus the guide by the Jesuit Athanasius Kirchen in 1665.
We discovered few records about orchids in Mayan recommendations. In pre-Columbian Mexico, orchids had been developed at the least considering that the Aztec reign of Itzcoatl (1427-1440). They even look as a payment of fees through the reign of Moctezuma Ilhuicamina (1440-1482).
We enjoy mastering more about orchids vis-à-vis the Maya, whom date back again to before 3, 000 BC. While pending much more Mayan/Guatemalan historic recommendations to your nationwide rose, the Monja Blanca is an uncommon and exquisite national logo.
Revue article: GUATEMALA INSIGHT by Elizabeth Bell, author/historian. AntiguaTours.net