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Singapore: Orchids named after Olympic swimmers

Swimmers Joseph Schooling and Yip Pin Xiu became the first local athletes to have orchids named after them on Monday (Aug 7) at a ceremony in the Singapore Botanic Gardens' Botany Centre.

The Dendrobium Yip Pin Xiu's flowers have white petals with a hint of magenta, complemented by a bright purple lip.

The Dendrobium Joseph Schooling's flowers have yellow petals, accompanied by prominent green lips.

Said Paralympic champion Yip, who intends to care for the plant herself: "I'm very honoured, because the orchid is Singapore's national flower and to have something so beautiful named after me is a true honour."

The pair are the second and third Singaporeans to receive the honour under the celebrities naming programme, after singer Stefanie Sun in 2006.

Read more at The Straits Times

Publication date: 8/11/2017



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