I am the Soufrière Tree.
I was introduced into St. Vincent from the British Guiana in 1791.
This was just the beginning, as my future had just begun.
On the slopes of the volcano in 1804, Dr Alexander collected me.
Just eight years before, in 1812, our volcano erupted
And lava covered our mountain floor
So you see, if he didn’t collect me
I’d be no more
I am an untidy brancher with simple lanceolate leaves
I am quite an attractive pale pink, a colour you won’t believe
My leaves are about 2-4 inches long and 1 inch wide
Whenever the wind blows, I sway from side to side with pride
I am known only to this island
Yes, St. Vincent, Gem of the Antilles
I am a purely endemic species
I am nothing like hibiscus or lillies
I am your national flower
I am the Soufrière tree
Spachea Perforata as I am called scientifically
So don’t let anyone fool you
And don’t let them change me
Remember I am your national flower
I AM THE SOUFRIERE TREE!!!!
COMPOSED BY: MELICIA BURTON SERIEUX
The feature photo was used form the Ministry of Tourism’s website.