Over the next two weeks, Gardens by the Bay’s Cloud Forest will be hosting Orchids Of Costa Rica – Resilient Beauty, a showcase of more than 30 interesting Costa Rican orchid species.
Orchids Of Costa Rica – Resilient Beauty
The Cloud Forest display is the attraction’s first orchid display themed around Costa Rica’s orchids and also commemorates 35 years of diplomatic relations between Costa Rica and Singapore. It is presented in collaboration with Embassy of Costa Rica in Singapore and the Lankester Botanical Garden.
Orchids Of Costa Rica – Resilient Beauty was launched by Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Ministry of National Development Sim Ann on 28 June 2022 and will run till 11 July.
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Unusual Orchids from Costa Rica
One of the orchids on display is the Acianthera decipiens. This orchid has flowers which change colour over time, from an initial dark purple when it first blooms, to red, and then finally orangey-yellow.
Another is the Specklinia pfavii, an endangered orchid with striking yellow flowers that are covered in nectar-secreting warts to attract fruit flies.
Beauty and Resilience
Ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica to Singapore His Excellency Victor Hugo Rojas Gonzalez said, “Both Singapore and Costa Rica share the orchid as the national flower, perhaps because we find beauty and resilience in them. They are so resilient that when the Spanish settled in Costa Rica 500 years ago, they crossed with species of orchids that are found today in our forests. And today, that same resilience can be found in the profound relations between Costa Rica and Singapore.”
In addition, a Memorandum of Understanding to deepen research efforts and contribute to the global conservation efforts of Costa Rican orchids was also signed today between Gardens by the Bay and Lankester Botanical Garden.
Orchids Of Costa Rica – Resilient Beauty is now on till 11 July 2022.
What’s Next: While at Gardens by the Bay, you may wish to visit the Hydrangea Holidays floral exhibition.