Different Tropical Flowers

Tropical flowers are often appreciated due to their exotic beauty and stunning fragrances. Tropical flowers are those that naturally flourish in tropical climates all around the world (such as areas of Brazil and Africa). Some common and popular examples of flowers that are considered to be tropical include rhizomes, orchids, heliconias and gingers.


Alpinia is a genus that consists of vibrant pink and red tropical flowers. Alpinias are native to subtropical and tropical regions of the Pacific Ocean and Asia. The plants are popular container plants due to their showy flowers. Alpinias grow out of vast rhizomes. Flowers are not produced by Alpinias for the initial three years of their lives. However, when the flowers appear, they are massive-the size of footballs. Alpinias bloom all throughout the year.


Frangipani is a well-known tropical flower that is often referred to as Plumeria. Frangipanis originate in subtropical and tropical regions of North and South America, as well as around the Caribbean Sea and on islands of the Pacific Ocean. The bright flowers are shaped similarly to propellers and are notable for their fragile yellow centers and soft white outer petals. During evenings, Frangipanis have strong and pleasant scents. They are popular bouquet flowers. The flowers appear in a pinkish-rose color, with hints of bronze.


Hibiscus is a variety of tropical flower that is part of the Malvaceae (mallow) family. They originate in tropical Asia and are particularly common in areas that are both swampy and wet. Hibiscus are flat and big and have striking flowers that are shaped like trumpets. The flowers of the hibiscus all consist of five petals, and the colors range from yellow and purple to red, white and pink.


Heliconia is a flower that comes from tropical areas of the Americas and regions of the Pacific Ocean, all the way to Indonesia. Heliconias are commonly known as wild plantains and lobster claws. The flowers are bicolored. The upper portion of Heliconias is red, while the lower portion has a reddish-pink tone. The leaves appear similar to bananas. The flowerheads are often very large, slender and graceful in appearance.

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