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The National Flower


The national flower, the Chaconia, is also called “Wild Poinsettia” or “Pride of Trinidad and Tobago”, is a flaming red forest flower, belonging to the family Rubianceae. This flower owes its botanical name Warszewiczia Coccinea to the Polish-Lituanian plant collector Joseph Warszewicz. The title “Chaconia” was given in honour of the last and most progressive, Spanish Governor or Trinidad, Don Jose Maria Chacon.

This flower, known by its long sprays of magnificent vermilion usually blooms around the time of the nation’s anniversary of Independence. As an indigenous flower it can be said that it has been witness to our entire history. In this way it represents the cycles of life and the continuity of the nation. The colour of this bloom also echoes the symbolism found in the red of the Flag and on the Shield of the Coat of Arms.