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PM unveils Sheikh Hasina orchid in Singapore Botanic Gardens

  • Published at 12:26 pm March 13th, 2018
  • Last updated at 01:29 am March 14th, 2018
PM unveils Sheikh Hasina orchid in Singapore Botanic Gardens
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has unveiled an orchid named after her in the National Orchid Garden of Singapore Botanic Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage. Singapore has named the orchid “Dendrobium Sheikh Hasina” to make memorable her first visit to the country as the prime minister of Bangladesh. Sheikh Hasina arrived in Singapore on Sunday on her first official visit to the Southeast Asian country at the invitation of her Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsein Loong. The orchid is a strong and free flowering antelope Dendrobuim hybrid plant produced from Sunplaza Park and Seletar Chocolat family. Dr Nigel Talyor C Hort, group director of Singapore Botanic Garden, handed over the orchid to the prime minister at a function at Singapore Botanic Garden this shining morning. Nephew of the prime minister Radwan Mujib Siddiq Bobby, his wife Pappy Siddiq and their two children were accompanying her. [caption id="attachment_252513" align="aligncenter" width="531"] PM Sheikh Hasina touring the Singapore Botanical Gardens after inaugurating the orchid named after her Focus Bangla [/caption] Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid and members of her entourage were present. Hybridiser of the plant and manager of the orchid garden David Lim said it has taken four and a half years’ time to produce the plant and flower.
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The orchid produces upright inflorescences up to 25cm long, each bearing about 15 well-arranged flowers of 5cm each in width. The gracefully twisted petals of the flowers are mahogany while the sepals are light brown and lined with a fine white margin. They are beautifully complemented with a prominent dark maroon lip with purple ridges. [caption id="attachment_252509" align="aligncenter" width="608"] Sheikh Hasina with Nigel Taylor, Director of Singapore Botanic Gardens Focus Bangla[/caption] The Orchid garden has so far produced 250 hybrid orchids since 1957 and many of them were named after the visiting heads of states and government and kings of different countries in Singapore to make their visit memorable, David Lim said. The Dendrobium Sheikh Hasina will now be nurtured in the VIP Orchid Gallery of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which offers a permanent showcase and largest display of the orchids in the world, he said.