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Orchids were hybird as early as 1928. With them gaining popularity in the world, the garden began to name new hybrids after visiting VIPs.
In recent years, the collection of hybrids has grown & many visiting state dignitaries have their own orhids! That's a novelty way of attracting large numbers of high-profile visitors ;-)
Some facts about Orchids
Grammatophyllum speciosum is the largest orchid plant in the world & can grow up to 20 m long while Bulbophyllum globuliforme is the smallest orchid plant in the world.
Orchids attacked by virus can never be saved. Seeds of orchids are the smallest among all flowering plants.
Pollination & hybriding by technology are some of the ways of reproducing orchids.
Orchid is common name for one of the largest flowering plant on this planet.
Its species range as high 25,000!
As with other flowers, orchids are borne on pedicels (ie. stalks). The difference lies in that the pedicels rotate 180 degrees during its growth & resulting in a mature orchid borned upside down!
A flower generally have 3 petals & 3 sepals.
Of these, 1 petal is distinctive from the rest which is called the lip or labellum.
The lip is usually larger & different in shape & color. This is also where orchid pollinators land.
Ok, here's my secret.
I enjoy the gardens, the parks, the flowers, the photos. But, if you want to find out about the name, the culture, the growing... please don't ask me, ok?
I merely enjoy the virtual aspect of the plant kingdom. I've no desire whatsover to bring the entire world into my life nor my apartment. I simply am too lazy to nurture myself, let alone other living things!
Did you ever realise the responsiblity of it all?
Nah... I like my life of being able to pack up & go. The freedom of having no one to take care of & no one to report to. ;-)
Paravanda Nelson Mandela
Many different breeds have been successfully developed in the Orchid Garden. Some of the more prominent ones are Paravanda Nelson Mandela, Renoglottis Ricky Martin, Blue Angel, Black Spider, etc, etc...
The orchid export market has grown over the years & is said to bring in at least US$50 million each year!
Ok, here's a trivia which is interesting.
The origin of the name "orchid".
Greek root - orkhis.
I presume those who are Greeks here would know what that means.
Now, didn't I say it's interesting?! ;-)
You'd be surprised what one can uncover when you browse the internet!
National Orchid Garden
Located in the Singapore Botanical Gardens, this collection of beautiful flowers and lush green vegetation along perfectly manicured paths is truly an escape from the city life. The cost is $2 SGD for adults, and is completely worth it. Every imaginable flower native to this area is contained within its confines.
National Orchids Garden
This is located within the Botanical Garden. I've been soaked here watching the many sorts of orchids. The varieties are amazing. So if you love flowers, take time to stop here. The garden has a sprawling orchid displays, water features, and an exotic collections from Central and South America.
8.30 am - 7.00 pm (daily)
Children and seniors above 60 years old SGD 1
free for children of 12 years and below
Sentosa Orchid Gardens
Sentosa Orchid Gardens might not be as grand as the one found in Botanical Gardens but it provides a welcome respite after all the exploring in Sentosa. It has a small gazebo for us to take a seat and rest. There's a small pond that adds beauty to the place. Not so much orchids can be found though.
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Waterfall @ Botanic Gardens
A used to be an ornamental garden with roads, terraces, a bandstand and even a small zoo, and now a leading equatorial botanic garden of 52 hectares.
A star visitor attraction for the sophisticated traveller as well as the local resident. This Gardens possesses an array of botanical and horticultural attractions with a rich history and a wonderful plant collection of worldwide significance. Complementing these unique resources are sensitive developments providing visitors educational and recreational facilities.
The opening hours of the Singapore Botanic Gardens are from 5.00 am to 12 midnight. Admission to the Botanic Gardens is free. The opening hours of the National Orchid Garden are from 8.30 am to 7.00 pm. Admission charges are $2-00 for adult and $1-00 for children and senior citizens.
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Yuen-Peng McNeice Bromeliad Collection
This is where most of the unique & exotic plants from South America are housed.
The Orchid Garden claims to have 300 species & 500 hybrids here!
Orchids for as far as you can see
The Orchid collection in the Botanical Gardens is probably the best in the world, a must for orchid lovers. The best season to see the dendrobiums in bloom is June.
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