Rare orchids in bloom at new Singapore Garden Festival show

The orchid collection of Mr Russell Tan (left, with the Dendrobium Cherry Song "Bing Wei") includes the Dendrobium Caesar (above) and a peloric form of a Dendrobium hybrid (far left).
The orchid collection of Mr Russell Tan (above, with the Dendrobium Cherry Song "Bing Wei") includes the Dendrobium Caesar and a peloric form of a Dendrobium hybrid.ST PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG
The orchid collection of Mr Russell Tan (left, with the Dendrobium Cherry Song "Bing Wei") includes the Dendrobium Caesar (above) and a peloric form of a Dendrobium hybrid (far left).
The orchid collection of Mr Russell Tan (with the Dendrobium Cherry Song "Bing Wei") includes the Dendrobium Caesar (above) and a peloric form of a Dendrobium hybrid.ST PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG
The orchid collection of Mr Russell Tan (left, with the Dendrobium Cherry Song "Bing Wei") includes the Dendrobium Caesar (above) and a peloric form of a Dendrobium hybrid (far left).
The orchid collection of Mr Russell Tan (with the Dendrobium Cherry Song "Bing Wei") includes the Dendrobium Caesar and a peloric form of a Dendrobium hybrid (above).ST PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG

Get up close with orchids, which are closely linked to Singapore's national identity, at the first Singapore Garden Festival Orchid Show

A white Dendrobium Nong Alsagoff whose lips have purple and yellow hues is one of many orchids on display at the Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) Orchid Show.

Orchid breeder Syed Yusof Alsagoff, 83, who developed the hybrid with his late friend Wira Kusuma, was delighted when it finally bloomed after seven years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 21, 2018, with the headline 'Blooming time'. Print Edition | Subscribe