Brazil, National flower?

Finn N Rasmussen FINNR at
Fri Jun 9 14:05:46 EST 1995

I was asked by the editors of an encyclopedia wether Brazil has an official 
national flower. They have already tried the Brazilian Embassy here, but they 
could not confirm a national flower. However, I have found some references in 
the orchid literature suggestiing that Laelia purparata should be the national 
flower of Brazil.

Is this true? And who has appointed this species? 

Thanks in advance,                      
                                               Finn N. Rasmussen
                                               Botanical  Laboratory 
                                               University of Copenhagen

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