The Chaconia is the national flower of Trinidad and Tobago. It reputedly got its name from the last Spanish governor, Don Jose Maria Chacon, of Trinidad and Tobago. Its Classical name is Warszewiczia coccinea. It grows as a small tree to around ten feet tall. What is conspicuous about it, is its tiny yellow flowers which is surrounded by spectacular red bracts, which most people think of as flowers.
It belongs to a group of tropical trees and shrubs from Central and South America. It was named after the Polish naturalist and orchid collector, Jozef Warzewicz.
Unusually, it can only be propagated by cuttings which makes it very rare, even around the islands.