Africa has a highly diverse geography with vast deserts like the Sahara, vast jungles like the Congo and highlands like Kenya’s teeming with endless species of incredible animals and plants.

This time we want to tell you about some of the national flowers of the countries of the third largest continent in the world.

 

Cala (Zantedeschia aethiopica), national flower of Ethiopia

 

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The cove, commonly known as gannet, is a perennial herbaceous species native to the African continent, but has been cultivated over the years around the world, mostly for its decorative use. It is considered by many the flower of purity and compassion and represents beauty, although it is also considered to be lucky.

It has been classified as a toxic plant for humans and animals, and prefers to grow and reproduce in humid environments, with good shade and plenty of water.

 

Blue Lotus (Nymphaea caerulea), National flower of Egypt

 

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The Blue lotus, also known as the Egyptian lotus, is a species of aquatic plant belonging to the Nymphaeas family.

It plays an important role in Egyptology, since it was taken by ancient civilizations as a sacred flower, because it resembled a kind of rebirth when leaving the water during the morning; blooming during the day and re-hiding at night. It also symbolizes the triumph of the spirit over the senses.

The ancient Egyptians used it as a decongestant and expectorant in mild catarrhal processes. In addition, it is a highly effective tool to stimulate blood circulation and increase oxygenation of the organs.

If you want to consume the blue lotus as this ancient civilization did, you must add about 5 grams of the herb in a liter of wine and let it rest for a couple of hours. Do not exceed the amount used, otherwise the wine will become too bitter and it will be difficult to to drink.

 

Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spectabilis), national flower of Zambia

 

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Bougainvillea is a genus of the Nyctaginaceae family, characterized by its nature as a vine with the appearance of a shrub capable of growing anywhere.

It grows up to 10 meters high and clings to other plants with its spines to grow vertically, it has small flowers with different colored blades depending on the species.

 

King protea (Protea cyranoides), national flower of South Africa

 

 

The king protea is a flowering shrub as beautiful and unique as the country itself … It is also known as Giant Protea, it is a botanical species of phanerogams.

It is a woody shrub no more than one meter high, it has lush large leaves with wavy shapes and its flower is characterized by being of considerable size, reaching between 30 to 40 centimeters with large colored petals among roses. , White and yellow.

 

Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus), national flower of Morocco

 

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The carnation, also known as carnation, is a herbaceous plant belonging to the Caryophyllaceae family, its flowering generally has more than 5 petals, which are wavy and pointed at their ends.

Various cultures recognize certain medicinal uses for the carnation flower, stating that the plant has anti-allergenic and antispasmodic properties, among others.