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Orchid named after China President Xi and His Wife

The naming ceremony for the orchid is held in Singapore Botanic Garden on 7 Nov 2015. [Photo source: weibo.com]

The naming ceremony for the orchid is held in Singapore Botanic Garden on 7 Nov 2015. [Photo source: weibo.com]

A new variety of national flower of Singapore(Orchid), has been named after Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan on 7th, Nov 2015 to commemorate President Xi’s state visit to Singapore.

The naming ceremony was officially held in Singapore Botanic Gardens by Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong and his wife.

Along with “Papilionanda Xi Jinping-Peng Liyuan”, there have already been about 200 distinguished guest orchids registered so far, such as the ones for the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his wife, the Vice President of the US Joe Biden and his wife and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

 

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Oct 2013 – Rhapis Multifida

Rhapis Multifida

Rhapis Multifida
(Slender Lady Palm, Rhapis Palm)

The leaves of mature plants of this species are divided into about twelve segments, whereas those of young plants commonly have 5 segments. The segments, to 18cm x 2cm, radiate widely in an attractive pattern. An ornamental clumping palm which grows to about 2 meter tall and has very thin stems covered with brown fibres.

It is native to the Kwangsi Province of Southern China and has recently become well established in cultivation. Although generally similar to Rhapis Humilis, It shows tremendous promise because plants will also grow in temperate regions and seed is available for propagation.

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Buddleja Davidii

Buddleja DavidiiBuddleja davidii is a shade-intolerant woody weed from China, which, with small wind-dispersed seeds, rapidly colonises bare or disturbed sites. It is cultivated for ornamental purposes for its pretty flowers and ability to attract butterflies.

It often takes hold in disturbed areas or open woodlands and has proven to be one of the worst weeds to forestry managers in New Zealand. Approval for release of a biological control agent, a leaf-chewing beetle Cleopus japonicus, has recently been given in New Zealand.

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Aug 2011 – Rhapis Excelsa

Rhapis Excelsa

Rhapis Excelsa
(Lady Palm, Monkey Palm)

A multi-stemmed fan palm from southern China that forms dense clumps or thickets that are leafy to ground level. The leaves have five to eight widely divergent segments that are stiff and spreading or held erect and with no tendency to droop. The leaves are light green and generally take on a yellowish hue if the plants are starved or grown in full sun.

The stems are very slender and covered with woven brown fibre. It is one of the best garden palms but because of its very slow growth. It is very cold-tolerant and will grow well in temperate areas. Plants can also be induced to grow in the tropics but in a shady position...

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