"Territory Flag of Hong Kong" Hong Kong Favorite Tip by xuessium

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Favorite thing: A red flag bearing a white flower called the Hong Kong Orchid Tree or Butterfly Tree (Bauhinia Blakeana). Bauhinia is the symbol for Hong Kong under Chinese rule.

Fondest memory: The flower on the flag is the Hong Kong Orchid Tree (Bauhinia Blakeana) - named after the British Governor of Hong Kong from 1898 to 1903, Sir Henry Blake, a keen botanist who discovered it near Pokfulam, HK Island, in 1880.

The actual flowers are bright pinkish purple, not white as on the flag.

It is normally sterile and can only be propagated by cuttings (there is one tree that is said to produce seeds). Actually it is neither a tree nor an orchid, it's a member of the class leguminosae (the pea family). The genus is named in honor of the Swiss botanists of the 16th and 17th centuries, the Bauhin brothers.

Source: Graham Bartram (http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/hk.html)

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  • Written Mar 26, 2005
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