Many people assume that the Arthurium is THE state flower of Hawaii. Actually this flower is NOT indigenous to Hawaii or to Asia, nor is it the state flower of Hawaii.
Some of the Arthurium were introduced to the rain forests of Asia and became established there but they are native only to wet tropical regions of Central and South America.
The Arthurium was found in Columbia in 1876 by Edouard Andre. He sent the flower to Jean Linden who was in Belgium.
It was then sent to the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew, England.
Samuel Mills Damon, Minister of Finance for the Republic of Hawaii introduced the Arthurium to the Hawaiian Islands in 1889 where it grew wonderfully.
Since then visitors to Hawaii have seen this tropical-looking flower and assumed that it was Hawaiian. No one can convince some of them otherwise.
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Other names for the arthurium are Flaming Flower and Boy Flower.
Much Hawaiian tombstone art include the arthurium. Other flowers found on tombstone art in Hawaii are the narcissus, the daisy, and the hibiscus.
Various flowers are found on tombstone art in several European countries and certain States of the United States.