Many Flowers are named after the people who introduced them. The bougainvillea, for example, was named after French admiral, Louis de Bougainvillea, who discovered the vine growing in Brazil during a long journey to the Pacific Ocean in 1768.
Narcissus, in Greek mythology, was a handsome youth who disdainfully spurned the love of the nymph Echo. The goddess Aphrodite punished him by making him fall in love with his own reflection in a pool. Unable to possess the image in the water he pined away and become the flower that now bears his name.
The marigold that is woven into garlands for pujas was earlier called Mary’s Gold after Virgin Mary.
Begonia was named after Michel Begon, a governor of French Canada, while Zinnia got its name from Hohann Gottfried Zinn, a professor of botany in Gottingen, Germany.
The Marilyn Monroe rose is an apricot colored hybrid rose. It was named after the popular actress of the last century, Marilyn Monroe.
Julie Andrews is the name of a coral-salmon hybrid rose. It was named after actress Julie Andrews of The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins fame.
The Netherlands named a special variety of Tulip after Bollywood beauty and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai, in 2005.
The Singapore government named a rare species of orchid Ascocenda Shahrukh Khan after Bollywood superstar, Shahrukh Khan. The Big B also has an orchid named after him. It’s a light brownish orange orchid with a pale yellowish green and red centre. It was named Dendrobium Amitabh Bachchan. The unusual orchids grow alongside orchids named after Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth in Singapore’s Botanical Garden.