Monday, April 19, 2010

Picture Blog #11 : The Floral Symbol of Singapore

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

This picture blog is dedicated to the national flower of Singapore.

In 1981, Vanda Miss Joaquim (卓锦万黛兰) (picture above) was chosen to be a national symbol. It is a hybrid orchid which was the first registered hybrid plant from Singapore.

Miss Joaquim was was born in Singapore in 1854 into a family of Armenian descent. She was an avid horticulturist and was said to have won many prizes. In 1893, the first director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Mr H N Ridley, named the flower after her as he acknowledged that the plant was the results of a cross made by Miss Joaquim.

Photo by Vanilla

One of the best places to catch a glimpse of Vanda Miss Joaquim is in the National Orchid Garden. It is a beautiful three-hectare site with a collection of more than 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids, located within the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

I have taken some pictures of orchids during a recent visit to the National Orchid Garden. No picture can ever replace the experience of being there. You would have to see the real thing yourself.

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