Butterfly favourite

DAY 151 (3 SEPTEMBER) – Chinese hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) (Vejer, Spain)

Found this scruffy hibiscus today in front of a mysterious and much-guarded window. And I uncovered some interesting hibiscus trivia:

  1. It’s also known as shoeblackplant, as an extract from the flower is used to shine shoes in India and China.

2. The largest butterfly in the Western hemisphere (the endangered homerus swallowtail) feeds on its nectar.

3. Not only is it the national flower of Malaysia, it’s also the symbol for the Fusion of Haitian Social Democrats party.

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