Recently, Bear Grylls takes the famous Indian actor Ranveer Singh through Serbian Wilderness in Man vs Wild episodes. Ranveer went on a 36 hour long journey with Grylls just to find the Serbian Phoenix, Ramonda Serbica, for his wife. Deepika Padukone.
The show is finally out on Netflix. Grab a bucket of popcorn and watch the adventures and marvelous thrill of the wild journey.
What is Ramonda serbica?
Ramonda serbica, aka Serbian ramonda and Serbian phoenix flower is a type of flower found in the wild vegetation of Serbia. It is a species in the family Gesneriaceae.
Ramonda serbica is a kind of perennial herb, especially found in humid and shady areas. Moreover, Serbian phoenix flowers from mid April until the second half of May.
The species blooms in shady portions of limestone rocks between 400-1,500 m asl (Commission of the European Communities 2009). It is mainly found in north-northwest crevices but sometimes it is found in northeast facing gaps as well.
Serbica is one of the rarest flowers which is an European representative of this family. These flowers are mainly found in Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, North Macedonia and Serbia. Ramonda Serbica was discovered by Serbian botanist Josif Pančić in 1874 near Niš. Sava Petrović, named this flower.
A few drops of water is more than enough for the completely dried plant to get back to life. Thus, it was named as “Balkan Phoenix” and a strong symbolism to the Serbs on November 11, 1918 – the Day of Reconciliation in the First World War.
- Cultivar: n/a
- Family: Gesneriaceae
- Size: Height: 0.17 ft. to 0.33 ft.
- Width: 0.33 ft. to 0.5 ft.
- Plant Category: perennials,
- Plant Characteristics: round,
- Foliage Characteristics: small leaves, coarse leaves,
- Flower Characteristics: erect, single,
- Flower Color: blues, purples,
Why was Ramonda serbica was named specifically NOVEMBER 11, 1918 – What Happened on That Day?
Hopefully only a few of you know that November 11 has been a part of the collective memory of the Armistice Day in Serbia. On November 11, 1918, the armistice came to power (force) and the opposing Allies on the Western Front began to withdraw from their upholdings.
Since 1918, November 11 has been dedicated to the signing of the armistice in the First World War as a national holiday. Apart from that on November 11, 1918, the generals of the two warring parties of the French city of Compiègne signed an armistice in a railway car.
WHY IS RAMONDA SERBIAN AS A SYMBOL OF THE DAY OF RECONCILIATION?
Serbian ramonda is found in Albania, Montenegro, western Macedonia, northwestern Greece and northwestern Bulgaria.
However, in Serbia, it is precisely found southwestern and southeastern Serbia. Primarily in Kosovo and Metohija, and on north it is found till the Zlotska gorge near Bor.
Due to this specific location, where the fighting of 1918’s took place during the breakthrough of the Thessaloniki front. Right from there Ramonda Serbian was considered as a symbol of November 11 – the Day of Reconciliation in the Great War, Ramonda Serbica was taken as a symbol of the collapse of the Serbian state and army.
FAQs About Romanda Serbica
1. What is special about Serbica Ramonda?
Ramonda Serbica, has always been a topic to discuss as it holds an interesting historical significance. It was named on the day of Reconciliation in the Great War. Moreover, it is a flower which can, even if completely dried, be revived by just a little sprinkling. Also, the flower Romanda Serbica symbolizes Serbian suffering after the armistice during the First World War.
2. Is Serbia Ramonda rare?
Ramonda Serbica aka ‘phoenix flower’, is a rare one that is only found in the high altitudes of Serbia, and, believe it or not, never dies!
It can survive any harshest of weather conditions and can revive itself if watered even after remaining completely withered for years. It can only found in some places of Europe comprising Albania, Montenegro, western Macedonia, northwestern Greece and northwestern Bulgaria.