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Singapore's National Flower

Singapore's National Flower
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Copyright: Stephanie Loh (greenpinkorange) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 94 N: 415] (1789)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-24
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Tamron AF55-200mm F/4-5.6 LD MACRO Di II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): National Symbols [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-28 4:05
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Singapore's national flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim was first discovered in the garden of Miss Agnes Joaquim in 1893 and registered in the same year.

Found growing in a clump of bamboo between some plants of V. Teres and V. Hookeriana (parent species of the Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid flower), Miss Agnes Joaquim was so fascinated with the discovery that she took it to Mr Ridley, then Director of Singapore Botanic Gardens.

The indigenous hybrid later became very popular in the tropics and as far as Hawaii. It is excellent for landscaping as it produces a large number of flowers throughout the year.

On 15 April 1981, it was chosen as the national flower of Singapore following an announcement by the then Minister for Culture, Mr S. Dhanabalan. The designation of a national flower was part of our overall effort to foster national pride and identity. Vanda Miss Joaquim was chosen from 40 other contenders, including some 30 orchids, particularly because of its qualities of resilience and year-round blooming. Indeed, these characteristics resonate Singapore's continual strive for progress and excellence in all aspects of life.

Interesting Facts about Singapore's National Flower:

1. Singapore has gained the unique distinction of being the only nation to have a hybrid as its national flower.

2. The identity of the lady who discovered the flower was an Armenian. Born on April 7, 1854, Agnes Joaquim was 39 when she discovered the flower. It is said that she is buried at the Armenian Church in Hill Street.

3. The official Chinese name for Vanda Miss Joaquim is Zhuojin Wandailan meaning Orchid of Long-Lasting Excellence.

4. Orchid is the largest family of flowering plants in the world.

Source: http://www.can.com.sg/neocan/en/streetwise/can_book_of_records/18.html


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Great compo, with soft colors giving a nice atmosphere.

Hello Steph,
It is nice to see a post from you; I hope that your studies are going well :) I love those soft mood and colors along with a beautiful composition and this lightning going through the pale petals is beautiful. I enjoyed reading those interesting notes too.

Thanks and take care :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-28 11:49]

Hi Stephanie.
How long you were absent. This is a minus. Your nice new picture is a plus. Beautiful flower and delicate shot by composition, soft lighting and colours. May be I would prefer a little bit sharper image. But this is matter of taste. My compliments and TFS.

Hi Stephanie,
Very beautiful flower.
Colors are great and so is the dark background.
The flower itself seems to be soft and out of focus, hope you can share a sharper one with us.
TFS - Shir

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