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Cuba, the One Island in the Caribbean with More Plant Diversity and Endemism

Published: 2012.06.21 - 20:49:59   /  web@renciclopedia.icrt.cu  /  Ana Elizabeth Rodríguez
  

Cuba, the One Island in the Caribbean with More Plant Diversity and Endemism
Havana, Cuba.- Some rightfully say Cuba is a garden. Unlike any other island in the Caribbean, Cuba has more than 700 plant species registered, and many are endemic.

The solandra grandiflora, one of the biggest flower species there is, whose corolla can measure up to 30 cm, can only be found in Cuba.

Cuba is also home to the smallest orchid flower in the world: the pleurothallis safari, it measures only 2mm.

However, Cuba’s national flower the butterfly or hedychium coronariun, is endemic of Guam one of the Micronesia islands, in the Pacific.

It was chosen as such, on the 13th of October 1936, because its solid white color was taken as a symbol of the purity of the ideals of independence of the Cuban people. It is also regarded as a symbol of peace. (Juan Blas Rodríguez)

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