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When you speak about tropical countries, there is no doubt that they are rich in flora life. The weather explains; there is equal distribution of sunshine needed by chlorophyll for photosynthesis as well as rainfall that is important for vegetation to survive. Where trees are abundant, flooding would not be a problem because rain will be seep through and be absorbed by the tree roots. Asia may not be highly industrialized compared to America and Europe, but it is rich in natural resources. Without the winter season, the more flowering plants thrive in most of Asia.
With at least 20, 000 flower species in Malaysia, flowers can be easily spotted in the soils of Sabah and Sarawak. Such flowers are Touch Me Not, Yellow Allamanda, Bachelors Button, Rafflesia, Hibiscus, Ixora, Bougainvillea, Orchid, Fuchsia, Angsana, Frangipani, Lantana, Saga, Rhododendrons, Chrysanthemum, Violet Rose, Lobster Claws and Bird Of Paradise.
Touch Me Not is a Malaysian flower that is a thorny undershrub where stems are bristly. Native of Southern America, it is known to be a nuisance as a troublesome very thorny weed. With pink flowers and slender stalks, it is very fascinating due to its sensitive leaves that fold together. It also droops when caressed. The locals call it as 'malu- malu' which means shy.
Yellow Allamanda is a Malaysian flower that originated from a professor of history in Leyden on the latter part of the 18th century. It is commonly seen all year round. Another ordinary from the America, it has very attractive flowers that bear the local identity of Bunga Akar Kuning and Akar Chempaka Hutan. It is a woody scrambling shrub that has oblong leaves arranged in parallel pairs along the stem. With milky sap that gushes out as soon as the parts are broken, it propagates when the stem is cut.
Frangipani is mostly seen in the vineyards and called as Bunga Kubur among the locals. It is a tree that grows so robust and often branched at different times of the year. Reaching about 6 to 10 meters in height, it is very fragrant and comes in a variety of colors.
Lobster Claw is a Malaysian Flower that belongs to the Heliconiaceae family. Colloquially recognized as Sepit Ketam due to its close resemblance to a sea creature, this hails from Peru. It blooms before onset of rain and appears like a red crab brachea that has yellow tips which cover small white flowers.
Bird of Paradise is a Malaysian Flower that is coined after the literal meaning of what it is fondly called. Also dubbed as Strelitzia, it is among the most beautiful flying fauna in the whole world. It has bright colored plumage as well as tails that are fan- like.