Orchid named after visiting French President Francois Hollande

French President Francois Hollande (right) viewing the orchid Dendrobium François Hollande, which is named after him, with NParks CEO Kenneth Er at the National Orchid Garden, on Monday (March 27).
French President Francois Hollande (right) viewing the orchid Dendrobium François Hollande, which is named after him, with NParks CEO Kenneth Er at the National Orchid Garden, on Monday (March 27).ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
 French President Francois Hollande (centre) touring the National Orchid Garden with NParks CEO Kenneth Er on Monday (March 27).
French President Francois Hollande (centre) touring the National Orchid Garden with NParks CEO Kenneth Er on Monday (March 27).ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE - French President Francois Hollande now has an orchid named after him.

He was visiting the National Orchid Garden on Monday (March 27) morning, as part of a two-day state visit.

The Dendrobium François Hollande is a hybrid of the Dendrobium taurinum and Dendrobium Noor Aishah.

The National Parks Board (NParks) describes it as "a hardy and free flowering hybrid".


The Dendrobium François Hollande is described as "a hardy and free flowering hybrid". PHOTO: NPARKS

It has semi-arching flowering sprays up to 52cm long, with 22 well-arranged flowers that are about 5cm across and 4.5cm tall.

 

The petals are twisted in light chestnut brown, with bright yellow sepals and lips.

Mr Hollande's state visit is the first by a sitting president of France.

It reciprocates the state visit by President Tony Tan Keng Yam to France in 2015, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.