Sacuanjoche is the national flower of Nicaragua. It grows on a tree and
usually flowers in the month of May. The Sacuanjoche is a very beautiful
and fragrant flower, and it also appears on the 1, 5, 10 and 25 cent
Madroņo is a tree or shrub that can be found on the Pacific coast of
North America and Mexico, and is also the national tree of Nicaragua.
The Madroņo tree may be identified by its glossy evergreen leaves, white
flowers and red berries. The bark of the tree has been used for dyes as
well as made into furniture.
The sea turtle is one of
Nicaragua’s most famous inhabitants. It is an endangered animal, and so
many are working hard to preserve this species. Every year thousands of
sea turtles migrate from the ocean to the beach where they make nests by
digging throughout the night and lay their eggs before going back out
into the ocean.
The Nicaragua Shark is
actually a bull shark, or a Zambezi shark, and it is commonly found in
warm shallow waters near the coast and also in rivers. This is an
aggressive animal, and since the bull shark is both unpredictable and
lives in shallow waters, it is commonly known as one of the most
dangerous sharks. They are also dangerous because they are one of the
few species of marine sharks that also navigate fresh waters.
Motmot is the national bird of Nicaragua. It is a colorful bird that
lives in more open habitats such as the edges of the forest. A
medium-sized bird, it feeds on insects and small reptiles. Its name in
Spanish means “ravine guard.”
Updated: 8 May