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Belgium: Non-vexillological uses of the national colours

Last modified: 2002-11-30 by ivan sache
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The Abutilon 'Belgian Flag' flower

Several on-line catalogues for gardeners show a plant called Abutilon 'Drapeau Belge' (the name seems to be used only by French-speaking gardeners).

Abutilon 'Drapeau Belge' was bred (I guess by Belgian horticulturists) from Abutilon megapotamicum Saint-Hilaire (often misspelled as megapotanicum), an evergreen shrub of the Malvaceae family, which was introduced in Europe from Brasil in 1864.
The plant is known in English as Chinese Lantern due to the shape of its flowers, and in French as Erable florifère [Flowering Maple] due to the shape of its leaves.

A. megapotamicum has red and yellow flowers. The 'Drapeau Belge' cultivar has red-yellow-black flowers, which fit the (erroneous) description of the national flag in the Belgian Constitution.

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