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Orchid named after Hasina in Singapore

Orchid named after Hasina in Singapore

Singapore, Mar 13: The Singapore government has named an orchid after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina making her visit to Singapore as a memorable one, reports UNB. Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday morning unveiled the orchid named 'Dendrobium Sheikh Hasina' at National Orchid Garden of Singapore Botanical Garden, a Unesco world heritage site. Group Director of Singapore Botanic Gardens Dr Nigel Taylor C Hort handed over the orchid to the Prime Minister at a function. Prime Minister's nephew Radwan Mujib Siddiq Bobby along with his wife and two children were present. Manager of National Orchid Garden David Lim produced the hybrid orchid crossing two varieties of seed. The orchid usually takes four and half years from its plantation to flowering, David Lim told UNB. The orchid is a strong and free flowering antelope Dendrobuim hybrid, which produces upright inflorescences up to 25-cm long each bearing about 15 well-arranged flowers. Each flower measures about 5cm in width. The gracefully twisted petals are mahogany while the sepals are light brown and lined with a fine white margin. They are beautifully complemented with a prominent dark maroon lip with purple ridges. On Sunday last, the Prime Minister arrived in Singapore at the invitation of her Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsein Loong. David Lim said the Orchid garden has so far produced 250 hybrid orchids since 1957 and many of them were named after the heads of states and government and kings of different countries making their visit to Singapore memorable ones. Talking to reporters, the Prime Minister said it is great honour for Bangladesh. "I dedicate this honour to the people of Bangladesh. I'm really delighted coming here."

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