The Self Portrait : TCK
"As something of a Frankenstein orchid, the so-named Vanda Miss Joaquim was created from cross-breeding two flower species in the 1890s by Singapore-based Armenian horticulturalist, Agnes Joaquim. Distinct in its beauty and form, the flower soon gained popularity for being the only Vanda hybrid in the world, and – thanks in part to its vibrant and resilient spirit – beat some 40 flowers to be christened Singapore’s national flower in 1981.
Her status as national flower has earned the Vanda Miss Joaquim some serious weight. From Singapore’s bank notes and coins to stamps and souvenirs, you’ll find motifs of the unique orchid where you least expect them. In itself, the flower embodies Singapore’s multicultural heritage; a celebration of the harmony enjoyed among the city’s four key ethnic communities."
- Marina Bay Sands
"The national animal of India is the Royal Bengal Tiger. Majestic and lethal at the same time, these are one of the most graceful carnivores among the Indian fauna. The Royal Bengal tiger is the symbol of strength, agility and grace, a combination that is unmatched by any other animal. It is representative of all these qualities as the national animal of India. Scientific name for the Royal Bengal Tiger is Panthera tigris tigris and it is the largest of the four big cats under the genus Panthera (Lion, Tiger, Jaguars and Leopards).The Royal Bengal Tiger is among the eight varieties of tigers found in India."