Tuesday 17 January 2017

David Cameron embraces flower power during visit to Singapore

Published 28/07/2015 | 14:22

Prime Minister David Cameron looks at a Papilionanda David Cameron, an orchid that was named after him during his visit to the Singapore Botanical Gardens
Prime Minister David Cameron looks at a Papilionanda David Cameron, an orchid that was named after him during his visit to the Singapore Botanical Gardens

David Cameron has been honoured with an orchid in his name during his visit to Singapore.

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The Papilionanda David Cameron is described as "robust and free flowering", with petals in a shade of blue - an appropriate colour for a Tory prime minister - although they appeared closer to purple.

A similar honour was bestowed on former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, while another plant in the VIP orchid garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens is named in honour of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - the Papilionanda William Catherine.

A cutting of the orchid will be taken back to the UK and planted in the Downing Street garden.

Singapore Botanic Gardens director Nigel Taylor said the plant named after Mr Cameron had taken five years to produce and this was its first public airing.

He said: "We breed a number of hybrids and keep them under wraps until the right VIP comes and when it's the right colour."

Three weeks ago the gardens were awarded Unesco World Heritage Status - the first site in Singapore to gain the status.

The gardens, founded in 1859, have close ties with the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew.

Mr Cameron said he had "named lots of things, but I have never had to name a flower before" as he placed the label identifying the plant in its pot.

Despite official claims that the "sepals and petals are a shade of blue", Mr Cameron could be heard referring to a "darker purple" - a colour associated with his political foe Ukip - when describing the plant.

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