An orchid specimen at Garden by the Bay will be the first of its species to be awarded a First Class Certificate, the highest of Orchid Society of South East Asia’s prized certificates.
The orchid is a Grammatophyllum multiflorum var. tigrinum ‘Gardens by the Bay’.
The plant is being recognised for its exceptional qualities like its symmetrical shape and intense colours. It has five long inflorescences or clusters of flowers arranged on a stem. The longest of these is almost two metres long.
Three of the inflorescences have bloomed, just in time for Mother’s Day. The other two are expected to bloom over the next two weeks.
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Once the plant has reached full bloom, it will feature more than 500 flowers.
The Grammatophyllum multiflorum var. tigrinum is a relative of the Tiger Orchid, a species which is native to the Philippines.
Significance of First Class Certificate Award
The First Class Certificate from the Orchid Society of South East Asia will be formally registered in June 2021. It is also significant as the prize has only been presented to seven orchids in 93 years. It is also a testament to the skills of the horticulturalists at Gardens by the Bay.
The award-winning orchid specimen can be viewed at Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome.