Friday, July 13, 2007

The PANDUAK: Burma's National Flower

The Paduak (Pterocarpus Indicus) blossoms in tiny fragrant yellow-gold flowers after the first showers in April, coinciding with the Burmese New Year festival. It is the flower of the Burmese Rosewood tree and you will often see it on the hair of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's great lady.

Once in bloom, the entire tree turns gold overnight. The Burmese regard the Paduak tree as the symbol of strength and durability. The beautiful flower also signifies youth, love and romance. The flower plays an indispensable part in traditional and religious ceremonies. The Paduak can be found throughout the country. The wood of the tree is also used for making furniture.

The tree where it comes from is known as "Narra" in the Philippines (their national tree), "Sonokembang" in Indonesia, "Angsana" or "Sena" in Malaysia and Singapore, "tnug" in Cambodia, and "Pradu" in Thailand.


Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Southeast Asia’s National Flowers

--ASEAN Sec, Pisanu


Funkaymonkey said...

Does anyone know where I can buy some as a gift in and around the London are. Worst case mail order some. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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