Daily Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers (12-12-2023)

Question 1: The poinsettia is native to…

  • Argentina
  • Mexico
  • Spain

Correct Answer: Mexico

Fact: This holiday favorite is native to Central America and Mexico, where it was known as cuetlaxochitl. The name 'poinsettia' comes from the former minister to Mexico, Joel Roberts Poinsett, a botanist who introduced the plant to the US in 1825. Often mistaken for petals, the red and green bracts, or leaves, make the poinsettia a popular choice at Christmas.

Question 2: Which Indigenous people used poinsettias as medicine?

  • Hopi
  • Inca
  • Aztec

Correct Answer: Aztec

Fact: The Aztecs used the plant to produce red dye and as an antipyretic, a medicine that reduces fever. They regarded the plant as a symbol of purity.

Question 3: What is the alternative name for the poinsettia plant in Mexican culture?

  • Flower of the Holy Night
  • Night flower
  • Star flower

Correct Answer: Flower of the Holy Night

Fact: In Mexico, this plant is often referred to as 'Flor de la Noche Buena' or the 'Flower of the Holy Night,' a reference to Christmas Eve. The poinsettia's association with Christmas is thought to date back to the 16th century and from the 17th century it was popularized by Franciscan friars who included the plants in their Christmas celebrations.

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