Vanda Miss Joaquim aka Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim

Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim no doubt the first hybrid to be registered by the female orchid hybridiser -Miss Agnes Joaquim residing in Singapore. The description of the plant of Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim was described by Henry Ridley, published in Gardener’s Chronicle, June 24, 1893, p740
” New or Noteworthy Plants- VANDA MISS JOAQUIM[ Inter V. hookerianam et V. teretem proles hybrida]

A few years ago, Miss Joaquim a lady residing in Singapore well known for her success as a horticulturist, succeeded in crossing Vanda hookeriana Rchb.f., and V teres, two plants cultivated in almost everygarden in Singapore. Unfortunately no record was kept to which was used as the male. The result has now appeared in the form of a very beautiful plant quite intermeida between the two species and as I cannot find any record of this cross having been made before, I describe it herewith.”

Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim is a free flowering plant which do very well in open area in sunny Singapore. Regular fertilizing would ensure plenty of flowers throughout the year.

This start the very colourful journey for Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim. This beautiful hybrid is chosen to be Singapore National flower in 1981. But till this days there are still talks on the uncertainties on the origin of its parentage.

Whose account is fictious or real, you would have to judge for yourself. These can be seen in the internet and publications such as follows:-

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Malayan Orchid Review Vol 33/1999

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Malayan Orchid Review Vol 38/2004

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Biology of Vanda Miss Joaquim

Internet:- http://www.amassia.com.au/debate1.htm#Background to the debate

The following are some of the Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim’s related stamps and postmarks

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Postmark – Still Road

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Postmark- Lim Ah Pin Road

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Postmark- Simpang Bedok

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Postmark- Jalan Kayu

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Postmark- Ngee Soon

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Postmark- Bukit Panjang

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Postmark- Serangoon Road

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Postmark- Queenstown

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Postmark- Macpherson

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Postmark- M3

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Postmark- C11

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Postmark- Tanglin

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Postmark- Sembawang

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Postmark- Owen Road

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Postmark- Towner Road

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Postmark- Paya Lebar

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Postmark- Killiney Road

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Postmark- Sepoy Lines

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Postmark- Kampong Glam

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Postmark- Kampong Glam

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Postmark- Registration

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Postmark- K

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Postmark- Singapore

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Postmark- Keppel Harbour

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Postmark- Thomson Road

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Postmark- Newton

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Postmark- Katong

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Postmark- Geylang

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Postmark- Taman Jurong

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Postmark- Maxwell Road

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Postmark- Joo Chiat

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Postmark- Farrer Road

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Postmark- Kandang Kerbau

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Postmark- Alexandra Road

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Postmark- Bukit Timah

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Postmark- Queen Street

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Postmark- Siglap

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Postmark- North Canal Road

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Postmark- Serangoon Garden

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