The moment you set foot into the country, you will see flowers everywhere! Young ladies selling fresh cut Myanmar flowers at the street corners, flower sellers approaching your car as you are waiting for the traffic to turn green, all types of Myanmar flowers are for sale in wet markets, flowers as decorations during festivals, flowers at the shrines or pagodas, flowers in your spa room, hotel room. Gosh, flowers blooming among the lush city trees. Of course you need to look up to see them!
Here are our top 5 favourites of Myanmar flowers:
Aeschynanthus is a genus of about 150 species of evergreen subtropical plants in the family Gesneriaceae. They are usually trailing epiphytes with brightly coloured flowers that are pollinated by sunbirds. The genus name comes from a contraction of aischuno (to be ashamed) and anthos (flower). The common name for some species is "lipstick plant", which comes from the appearance of the developing buds.
2. Frangipani or Plumeria
Frangipani is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family. It contains primarily deciduous shrubs and small trees. They are native to Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Brazil and South America, and grown right here in Myanmar!
3. Dendrobium Bensoniae
This strain is a popular ornamental orchid from our forests. It has large flowers with a lip with a characteristic golden disk and two large, purple spots.
4. Dendrobium lindleyi
Dendrobium lindleyi is a plant of the genus Dendrobium. They are found in the mountains of southern China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, and Hainan) and Southeast Asia (Assam, Bangladesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam). Dendrobium Lindleyi flowers in spring with inflorescences of about 10-30cm long having 5 to 15 flowers. The Myanmar flower enjoys a lot of light!
5. Macro Cherry Blossom
Macro Cherry Blossom is the flower of several trees of genus Prunus. Many of the varieties that have been cultivated for ornamental use do not produce fruit. Edible cherries generally come from cultivars of the related species Prunus avium and Prunus cerasus. Cherry blossom are also closely related to other Prunus trees such as the almond, peach, plum and apricot and more distantly to apples, pears and roses.