LOOK: Orchid named after Duterte in Singapore


Posted at Dec 16 2016 06:33 PM | Updated as of Dec 16 2016 06:53 PM

MANILA – An orchid has been named after President Rodrigo Duterte in Singapore, where he is currently on a state visit.

The orchid was named Dendrobium Rodrigo Roa Duterte (Dendrobium Sonia Beauty x Dendrobium Urmila Nandey), following a tradition in Singapore to name orchids after visiting heads of state.

Duterte saw the orchid named after him during a visit to the National Orchid Garden. 

The Duterte orchid is a “compact, robust and vigorous hybrid” and its sepals and petals are colored violet-red.

"It produces upright flower sprays that bear up to 15 striking and well-arranged blooms, each velvety bloom measuring about 6 cm across. The sepals and petals are an attractive violet-red, and complementing each bloom is a lip of the same tone but darker," based on a description from the botanical institute. 

-- With reports from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News