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