Malaysia is a monarchy that is located in southeast Asia. The capital city is Kuala Lumpur. The area is rich in history. Human remains from over 40,000 years ago have been found in archaeological sites around Malaysia. The area, which has a tropical climate and an average annual temperature of around 85 degree Fahrenheit, encourages many different types of plant life.
Rafflesia Arnoldii is known in Malaysia as patma raksasa. According to Earlham University it is the world's largest flower. It can grow up to 3 feet in diameter. The flower also has a strong smell of decaying flesh, which gives it the nickname of the corpse flower. It can only be found growing in Southeast Asia. It prefers the high altitudes of the forests of Borneo and likes warm humid climates, moist soils and partial sunlight.
The hibiscus rosa-sinensis is often referred to as the Chinese hibiscus and is the national flower of Malaysia. It is an evergreen, flowering shrub that is native to Eastern Asia. It produces an ornamental flower that blooms in spring and summer. They range in color from bright red, orange and yellow. It prefers moist soils and partial sun. The flowers attract hummingbirds.
The javanica is an evergreen tree that grows up to 130 feet in height. It is also referred to as the Javanese Edelweiss. The tree is native to Southeast Asia. It has smooth, gray bark with oval-shaped leaves that grow up to 8 inches in length. It features small white flowers in April and May. The javanica is home to many birds and wildlife and the flowers are often cut and sold to tourists. The tree prefers full sunlight and moist soils.
The Allamanda cathartica is also known as the yellow bell or buttercup flower. It is native to South and Central America. The flowers are approximately 5 inches in diameter and can also be white, purple, pink or orange. You will find these flowers in warm, moist conditions. They prefer riverbeds and need full sunlight. It is an evergreen, climbing vine that can spread very quickly. Allamanda is often used in hanging baskets or as a ground cover.