Singapore named the orchid after the Queen Agong

Singapore named the orchid after the Queen Agong

SINGAPORE: Singapore named a hybrid orchid species as ‘Dendrobium Queen Azizah of Malaysia’ in conjunction with the name of the Queen Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.

The naming of the flower took place in conjunction with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Tunku Azizah’s state visit to Singapore which started yesterday until Oct 28.

Their Royal Highnesses were both presented with the orchid’s new name at the Orchid Naming Ceremony at Istana, Orchard Road, here yesterday, with Singapore President Halimah Yacob and her husband Mohammed Abdullah Alhabshee also in attendance.

Also going to the event was her daughter Seri Paduka Tengku Puteri Raja Tengku Puteri Afzan Aminah Hafizatullah.

At the ceremony, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Raja Permaisuri Agong also agreed to complete the name of the flower by replacing the old plaque with a new plaque that reads ‘Dendrobium Queen Azizah of Malaysia’.

This flower is a robust, free-flowering orchid hybrid that produces semi-erect inflorescences about 50cm long containing more than 20 beautifully arranged flowers and each flower measuring about 4.5cm wide.

This orchid has curled petals and sepals with a golden yellow color and has a charming reddish purple lip.

Singapore has a tradition of planting orchids, which are Singapore’s national flower, and are usually named after official visits by leaders and dignitaries to the republic.

Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar and Raja Permaisuri Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah Idris Shah are among the dignitaries who have been presented with an orchid named after them both during their official visit to Singapore last July.

source – BERNAMA

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