The Chaconia is the flower that has been chosen as the National Flower of Trinidad and Tobago. There are actually 2 versions of this plant available: There is the single version that is unique to both islands as well as Central America, Columbia and Venezuela. But there is also the culinary version of ‘boules’ that is unique to Trinidad and Tobago. This beautiful flower beautifies homes and forests with its red petals as it blooms throughout May to October.
The Single Chaconia flower captures most of the limelight as the official National Flower, and the Double Chaconia is displayed on the 25 cent coin. The Double Chaconia cannot be found anywhere else on earth, making it exclusive to Trinidad and Tobago. However, it is officially the Single Chaconia that is the National Flower of Trinidad and Tobago. The Single Chaconia was picked as the National Flower during Trinidad and Tobago’s Independence in 1962. At that time nobody knew about the existence of the Double Chaconia since both plants look exactly the same to the untrained eye.