SINGAPORE -- On
Friday, March 12, orchid species called ‘Ascocenda’ with bright golden yellow
petals was named after His Excellency, the President Benigno Aquino. This was
an honor accorded to visiting heads of state.
island-state's National Parks Board named the orchid Ascocenda Benigno S. Aquino
in a ceremony at the Singapore National Orchid Garden on the morning of the
Ascocenda Orchid is a fascinating orchid species due to its most handsome large
orchid plants and an equally wide variety of beautiful orchid flowers; not very
different from the Vanda orchid and the Phalaenopsis orchid. The natural home
of the Ascocenda orchid species are places like Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo and
the Philippines. All Ascocenda orchids prefer full sun exposure and bright
light with warm temperatures and high humidity levels. These orchids are all
epiphytic and sympodial in their growth habit. To this end they sport long
trailing roots that are capable of drawing nutrients and the required moisture
from the atmosphere.
is a vigorous and free flowering hybrid. It bears flowering sprays with 10 to
12 flowers each. The flowers are 7 to 8 cm across. Petals and sepals are bright
golden yellow with many distinct reddish-brown spots and tessellations,"
the board said in a statement.
Former President Corazon Aquino, Noynoy’s late revered mother also had an
orchid named after her but it was not in bloom this season.