The Butterfly (National Flower)
On October 13th of 1936 the Butterfly (Mariposa) was declared the national flower. Its scientific name is Hedychium Coronarium Koenig, from the Zingiberáceas family (alpináceans). It is not native of the island, but originated in Asia, nevertheless it has adapted itself very well to our moist earth. Its whiteness represents the purity of the ideas of independence and it is a symbol of peace. According to spoken tradition, during the independence wars, inside these flowers pinned on women’s veils and shawls, were hidden messages for the Liberating Army (ejército libertador). The Mariposa has well earned its condition of national flower.
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