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Prince of Orange
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Update time: 2010-08-19
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Ixora chinensis (Prince of Orange)

Ixora chinensis Lam., national flower of Myanmar (Burma), flowers throughout the year (enjoys 100 days blossom).

A Chinese proverb goes: "the Moon cannot be full for 100 days and flowers cannot be in full colors for over 100 days". But the prince of orange (Ixora chinensis) enjoys long-time inflorescence and is called "a flower in full color for over 100 days". 

It is a small, dense shrub that can grow up to 2 m tall. Leaves are short-stalked, obovate-oblong, waxy, 6-10 cm long. Flowers are densely arranged, with 4 petals in bright red.

 The Yisteha people of Burma have a quite romantic and interesting custom of marriage. They live along waters since ancient times. If a family has a young girl, they often build a floating garden with bamboos or woods on the water surface nearby home before their daughter’s marriage. The family would fill the garden with dragon boat flowers and tie the garden with chains or ropes to the banks. On the day when the young girl marries off, they would cut off the ropes and let the garden float downstream. The bridegroom would begin to wait for his bride from early morning in the downstream; when the small garden with his bride float near, the bridegroom would grasp the rope and push the boat garden ashore; then he would take his bride home to hold their marriage ceremony

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Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Menglun, Mengla, Yunnan 666303, China
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