Is the flower called the Mayflower interesting?
The Massachusetts state flower, the mayflower, is also known as the gravel plant, shadflower, ground laurel, trailing arbutus, mountain pink, winter pink. It became the state flower in 1918 and has been on the endangered species list for many years.
The reason why Mayflower is called so is that in the past the Mayflower's owner was Guicciardini. Guicciardini was an ancient Italian family in Florence. The symbol of Florence is "Giglio" that is a flower of may. So Mayflower means Giglio that is the symbol of Florence in Italy. The Mayflower got its name because it was scheduled to set sail in May, the flower part symbolized hope, and prosperity in the New World.
An interesting plant in Suriname is the parakeet flower, and an interesting animal is the cock-of-the-rock. The parakeet flower or parrot's beak [Heliconia psittacorum] is Suriname's national flower. In the Surinamese creole language Sranan Tongo it's called 'popokai tongo'. In Surinamese Dutch, it's called 'papegaaietong' or 'papegaybek'. In Surinamese Carib, it's called 'kulewako anuru'. In Suriname it's pollinated by hummingbirds. Two, the cock-of-the-rock [Rupicola rupicola] makes its home in the Raleighvallen [Raleigh Falls] Nature Reserve…