Orchid Extravaganza: Our Singapop Part 2

Keep a lookout for the various heritage orchids on display! These are orchids that are distinctive and worthy of preservation or local hybrids named after Singaporean personalities and places of interest.

ARACHNIS MAGGIE OEI (above): Commonly known as the Scorpion Orchid, this was the first Singaporean hybrid grown commercially as a cut flower. It was widely cultivated in the 1950s and 60s. The hybrid comes in a variety of colours including red, white and yellow, and its free-flowering quality makes it a popular plant.

ARANDA SINGA GOLD: “Singa” means “lion” in Sanskrit and refers to Singapore, the Lion City. The golden blooms make this hybrid a popular landscaping plant. Bred by Singapore Botanic Gardens, it has won the “ACE Grand Champion for Cut Flower Trophy”, a Silver Medal at the 18th World Orchid Conference in Dijon, France, and a ribbon prize at the 22nd World Orchid Conference in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

ARANTHERA ANNE BLACK: Named after Lady Black, wife of Sir Robert Black, former Governor of Singapore, his hybrid was created by Singapore Botanic Gardens and is the first VIP orchid to be named. Since then, orchids have been named in honour of visiting state dignitaries and VIPs to foster goodwill. Aranthera Anne Black is an outstanding cut-flower as the older blooms do not fade even as the spike continues to flower.

DENDROBIUM TAY SWEE KENG: A popular cut flower appreciated by both local and overseas markets for its deep purple blooms. Each pseudobulb can produce more than 2 sprays of flowers, with blooms lasting up to 14 days. This is one of several outstanding Dendrobiumhybrids by Koh Keng Hoe, a passionate local pioneer breeder who has played an important role in the cut flower industry in Singapore.

PAPILIONANTHE (VANDA) MISS JOAQUIM: Singapore’s national flower and the first orchid hybrid from Singapore, the Papilionanthe (Vanda) Miss Joaquim was hybridised by Agnes Joaquim, a horticulturist residing in Singapore. It was selected as the national flower of Singapore for its vibrant colour as well as its resilience and year-round blooming quality. Credit: Gardens By the Bay.