A Conversation about Orchids

(In the National Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.)

Dendrobium Bindi Irwin.  Green with Gold Flecks.

Dendrobium Bindi Irwin. Green with Gold Flecks.

Boobook:  So, this is the Dendrobium Bindi Irwin.

A Becky Lee: Yeap, sometimes when a celebrity comes to Singapore, they get an orchid named after them at the Botanic Gardens.

Boobook:  It’s green and gold.

A Becky Lee:  Yeap, they breed these specially, taking into account the position, personality and behaviour of the person they’re based on.

(Later…)

Dendrobium Margaret Thatcher.  Note the Curliques. Source: The Orchid Garden

Dendrobium Margaret Thatcher. Note the Curliques.
Source: The Orchid Source

Boobook: These are for Margaret Thatcher?

A Becky Lee: Yeap, they’re called the Iron Lady orchid, or Dendrobium Margaret Thatcher.  Says here that they represent the strength and determination of the Iron Lady throughout her political career.

Boobook: I wonder if they’ll ever make a Dendrobium Tony Abbott.

A Becky Lee: Well, he’d have to visit first, but they could make it with huge petals on the sides for his giant ears.

Boobook: And those curliques on top for all his twisted thinking!

A Becky Lee: And big pistils for all the vile rubbish he spurts out!  They can make it a garish orange with red splotches too, just like his face when he gets all mad.

Boobook:  It can be carnivorous too, so that the mouth is big and catches flies.  Since he’s got a big mouth anyway.

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