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Licensing of the Batik National Flower Orchid Motif for various gifts and souvenirs, such as fine bone china, pewter, apparel, jewellery, is available to investors and manufacturers.

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The Singapore National Flower

 

Vanda Miss Joaquim, a hybrid orchid cultivar, is Singapore's national flower.

 

History

 

Vanda Miss Joaquim is a natural hybrid between Vanda teres and Vanda hookeriana.  It was first discovered in the garden of Agnes Joaquim in 1893, and thus its name after Miss Joaquim. It was described in the same year by Henry N. Ridley, director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

 

Significance

 

On April 15, 1981, S. Dhanabalan, the then Minister for Culture, announced that Vanda Miss Joaquim had been chosen as Singapore’s national flower.  The ability of Vanda Miss Joaquim's to bloom throughout the year was considered to symbolize Singapore's continuous quest for progress and prosperity. The flower’s natural resilience reflected well the determination of the Singaporean people to succeed despite tough times.

 

Features

 

Vanda Miss Joaquim may carry up to 12 buds, usually with four flowers open at a time. Each flower is about 5 cm across and 6 cm tall, and as is the case with its parents, the petals are twisted around so that the back surface faces front. The two petals and the top sepal are rosy-violet, and the lateral sepals are a pale mauve. The lip is very large and broad and the middle lobe extends out like a fan. It is coloured violet- rose, merging into a contrasting fiery orange at the centre. Over the orange patch, the lip is finely spotted with dark purple spots.

 

Growing

 

Vanda Miss Joaquim requires full sunlight, free air movement, high humidity and heavy fertilising to achieve optimum growth and flowering. It needs support to grow straight and tall but it flowers only when the top of its stem rises above the support. It is a robust, sun loving plant with slender stems best grown in beds against post supports.