Flowers of the Dominican Republic

You don’t have to venture far in the Dominican Republic to stumble upon the most beautiful tropical flowers.

The flowers here really do brighten your day. Flowering hedges, blossom-heavy trees, cheerful shrubs, and delicate flowerbeds. All these conspire to add a tropical pop of colour to your environment.

Let’s take a look at just a few of the gorgeous flowers you can see growing wild and free in the Dominican Republic.

flowers of the Dominican Republic

Rosa de Bayahibe

The national flower is the native Rosa de Bayahibe, the sweet pale-pink flower of the pereskia quisqueyana cactus.

Quisqueya is a name for the island of Hispaniola which is home to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. It is believed to mean ‘mother of all lands’ in the Taino language. Dominicans and those of Dominican descent are referred to as quisqueyanos.

The lovely cactus is sadly an endangered species, and can only be found in its native town of Bayahibe, in the southeasterly Altagracia region of the DR.

Since becoming the Dominican national flower in 2011, there has been an increase in efforts to conserve this little national treasure.

Coralillo

One of the most common flowers to see when you are walking around is the coralillo.

These bright flowers grow in clusters and are often red, though their colour can range through orange and yellow to nearly white. They thrive in humid environments, and made their way over to the Caribbean from their native India.

Flor de Mantequilla

Flor de Mantequilla means ‘butter flower’, and is a darling yellow flower that grows on a tropical vine. It is native to Brazil and can also be grown in warmer parts of the United States.

This plant is known by a few other names too: golden trumpet, common trumpetvine, yellow canary, and yellow allamanda.

Morivivi

An intriguing little plant, the morivivi gets its name from its ability to curl up its petals on touch.

When it curls up it resembles a dying flower, but then comes back to life again on reopening. The name combines the Latin for die ‘mori’ and live ‘vivi’ to indicate the flower’s clever illusion of resurrection.

This adaptation is thought to protect the morivivi from prying predators and save water when it needs to.

This purple-pink flower has an unusual, exotic look that reminds me of a magic fairy garden.

Framboyan

This vibrant red flower grows on the Framboyan, or Royal Poinciana, tree. This flower is thought to have originated in Madagascar, and now flourishes widely in tropical climates.

It does particularly well on this island, where it is Haiti’s national flower – flamboyant in French.

The framboyan has special spiritual significance, since the red flowers are believed to have been coloured by Jesus’ sacrificial blood.

It also symbolises more general spiritual beauty and peace, perhaps due to its wide-reaching branches that provide excellent shade.

Go, explore!

These are, of course, only a few of the amazing tropical flowers that we are blessed to have in the Dominican Republic.

If you keep an eye out, you will find a huge variety of beautiful flowers to enjoy, most of which grow wild on the island.

The colours of the flowers really are spectacular, they decorate the streets and parks like fairy lights!

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