Indigenous Flower in Florida
Orange Blossoms as Indigenous Flowers of Florida
Florida is known to be the “Land of Flowers”. During the year 1512, the state
was named La Florida by one named Ponce de Leon. In Spanish this name
particularly relates to concept of flowers or a place abundant or covered with
There are several amazingly beautiful flowers found in Florida. In fact the
official state flower of the state was chosen amongst these several beautiful
flowers and top three contenders are the camellia, gardenia and yours truly,
winner of the Florida’s crowd, the orange blossoms. Truth be told, gardenia and
camellia both had equal support but with the widespread popularity gained by the
indigenous flowers of Florida, The orange blossoms rightfully earned its mark as
the official flower of the state.
All throughout the southern and central part of Florida, you’ll find the strong
scent of these orange blossoms. It is considered as the most fragrant indigenous
flower that is found in Florida. The declaration proclaiming the orange blossom
as the official state flower of Florida was done on the 15th of May in the year
Orange blossoms are one of the evergreen tree families. Flowers of this
particular group of evergreen tree have features of being very fragrant with
white colors arranged from 1 to 6 clusters. The leaves of orange trees are
leathery and shiny. Its shape ranges from being elliptic to oblong that can
measure up to four inches long. Their petioles or leaf stems have narrow wings
and twigs on cultivar varieties are rather thorny. The plant grows from 20 up to
30 feet tall. Millions of orange blossoms are found in entire state of Florida
blooming during the spring. The tree of these indigenous flowers Florida bears
fruit during the fall or winter season. Oranges under the full sun, grows and
gives best results.
With fragrant flowers and glossy foliage great for landscaping, many homeowners
in Florida grow orange trees in their own backyard. For several months, fruits
can stay edible as long as it is on the tree. The Florida State Flower is very
popular to honeybees and honeys made from the bees of orange blossoms are known
to have a mild taste.
The powerful scent of orange blossoms starts to dominate the most part of
Florida’s south and central areas happens when the indigenous flowers starts to
flourish. Orange blossoms are in shades of white contrastingly blends with the
orange-colored fruits. This blend and contrast of soft colors with its sweet
fragrance are beautiful features that completely add attraction for visitors and
tourists of the state.
Some of these trees are especially planted in parks and gardens found all over
the state of Florida. Its budding flowers with its citrus scent gives not only
pleasures to the public’s smelling senses but also shade and homes to many
Orange blossoms derive its scientific name from the sweet orange’s name of
Citrus sinensis. With the combination of its powerful citrus strength and visual
perfection, orange blossom earns every right to be Florida’s State Flower.
In 1512, Ponce de Leon named La Florida, from the Spanish concept of flowery,
abundant with flowers or covered with flowers. Known to be Land of Flowers, the
state basically had several kinds to choose from for their official indigenous
state flower. Camellia and gardenia had equal support but it was finally the
orange blossom that gained widespread popularity and earned its mark. It was
resolved as the most voted State Flower in November 15, 1909 Legislature.
The scent of the orange blossoms dominates most part of central and south
Florida, especially when it starts to flourish. The white flowers contrast yet
blends the yields of the orange coloured fruits. The sweet fragrance and the
soft colours of the flowers completely make it an added attraction for tourists.
The trees especially with its budding flowers are best to be planted in gardens
and parks where it can both give shade and homes to birds.
Sweet orange stands for the scientific name of Citrus sinensis. It is a
crossbreed of a historical origin, probably from tangerine and pomelo. The fruit
is known to be another type of berry because of too many seeds the fruit
produce. It is contained inside one ovary from a soft flesh. Orange seeds are
called pips. Its flowering tree can grow to towering height of at least ten
metres. The ovate shape evergreen leaves are 4 to 10 centimetres long. They are
naturally arranged in alternating manners.
Orange trees came mostly in some parts of Southeast Asia. In other dialects it
is called the Chinese apple, China’s apple, or Apfelsine specifically in German
language. The orange tree is also known to come from Dravidian word. It
eventually was developed and was modified after it passed through countries of
All trees of these kinds came from one family called Citrus, and cannot be
inter-bred. There is only one known super species where lemons, oranges, and
These trees grow best in warm climates. They can yield crops with both sweet and
sour tangs. They are basically eaten fresh or as fresh juice.
Several varieties of oranges trees can be enjoyed by consumers. Persian orange
at first were bitter and were found mostly in Europe in early 11th century.
After the sweet oranges were introduced in Italy in the 15th century by
Portuguese traders in India, common variety of tasty oranges filled the market.
They have then produced different sizes of oranges with different segments
inside the fruit.
At the monastery of Brazil, the sweet navel orange grew. These are the oranges
also known to be the Bahie, Washington, or Riverside.
One of the late-season fruits are called the Valencia orange. The variety has
become popular when the navel specie is out of season.
And the blood oranges are those types that have red streaks in the fruit and the
juice extracts are burgundy in colour.
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