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The name derives from the Greek; it was probably assigned by Dioscorides, the most famous physician of antiquity, lived
in the first century after Christ. More precise information was reported by Ghislain de Busbeck, Flemish ambassador to the court of Suleiman the magnificent in Constantinople; during his stay in
Asia Minor studied botany by sending numerous specimens, including the hibiscus, to Holland. In Polynesia, the hibiscus has always been worn by girls; the boys instead are used to place a flower on the right ear, if they are engaged, on the left ear, if they are "free". Its flowers are delicate and very light and have a very short duration, usually one day; for this, giving the hibiscus, we want to exalt the lightning and fleeting beauty.