Orchids are a recurring theme on Singapore stamps & other postal items. Please show your Singapore orchid stamps, mailed covers, FDCs, maximum cards & postal stationery. Have fun.
Edited 2/9/12 This topic is now for worldwiide Orchid stamps - so please show all the orchids you have!
The first Singapore stamps to feature orchids were 4 stamps of the 1962-66 definitives :
1c Arachnis Maggie Oei. (SG 63)
This is an orchid hybrid of the Arachnis genus (Scorpion Orchids) which look a bit like scorpions or spiders. It was the first Arachnis hybrid, created in 1936 by John Laycock in Singapore.
8c Vanda Tan Chay Yan. (SG68)
Named after Tan Chay Yan, a rubber plantation merchant & philanthropist. The orchid hybrid was developed by his son & it won the Chelsea Flower Show's First Class Certificate in 1954.
12c Grammatophyllum speciosum. (SG 70)
The Giant Orchid. Also called Tiger Orchid, it is the world's largest orchid plant & is native to New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia & Singapore.
30c Vanda Miss Joaquim. (SG 73)
Singapore's national flower. It was named after Agnes Joaquim, a horticulturist who found this natural hybrid in Singapore. This stamp is the first of many Singapore stamps featuring this flower!