Pomona, Florida (PressExposure) September 08, 2009 -- The Gumamela, or widely known as Hibiscus rosasinensis, is a species of flower popularly known in the Philippines. Along with other popular flowers philippines such as the Ylang-Ylang, Santan, Dama De Noche, Everlasting flower, Waling-Waling, and the Sampaguita, the Gumamela flower is considered as one of the Philippine's unique species of flowers. So what is a Gumamela?
Common Description This plant is an erect, much branched, smooth shrub, 1 to 4 meters in height. The leaves are ovate and 7 to 12 centimeters long, with coarsely toothed margins. The flowers are solitary, axillary, very large, about 10 centimeters long, and 12 centimeters in diameter. The calyx is green and about 2 centimeters long, with ovate lobes. The petals are red, orange, or rose white, obovate, rounded, and imbricate. The staminal tube is slender and longer than the corolla. There are many hybrids of different colored, simple flowers in addition to a few doubles.
An All-Around Flower The Gumamela flower is popularly known amongst the Filipino children, particularly in the past. Gumamela was used as a substitute for soap for making bubbles, which was very common in every Filipino garden. This is done by crushing the flower in water, while mixing. This would then produce the same soapy substance that the children would use to produce bubbles. But other than a toy, the Gumamela flowers philippines are also popular for other purposes.
Gumamela (Hibiscus rosasinensis) is a species of flowering plant found in cultivation throughout the Philippines. Aside from ornamentation, the gumamela flowers philippines is being used by some locals as alternative medicine. In some places in the Philippines, a paste made from gumamela flower buds are applied as a poultice to boils, cancerous swellings and mumps. A decoction of the roots, barks, leaves, and flowers are also used as a skin softener.
In Malay countries, a decoction of the root is said to be used as an antidote for poisons, and as cure for venereal diseases, fevers, and coughs. A solution made from the leaves are also used as a lotion for fevers, while an infusion of the leaves is used to relieve headaches. There have been reports that the bark is being used as an agent to induce or hasten menstruation. It is also very common to see gumamela leaves applied to poultice swellings.