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Tiger Orchid as heavyweight attraction at Gardens by the Bay

The Tiger Orchid is the world's largest species of its kind, and it is a rare opportunity to see it in bloom, as it only flowers once every few years.

SINGAPORE: The Republic’s Gardens by the Bay on Monday (Aug 11) announced a new attraction – the Tiger Orchid – for the fifth instalment of the Singapore Garden Festival.

The Tiger Orchid is the world's largest species of its kind, and it had to be hoisted onto a truck before it was driven to the Flower Dome for display.

The flower, which belongs to a member of the Orchid Society of South East Asia John Elliot, weighs a whopping 300 kilogrammes, and each spray of flowers is an average of 2 metres in length. It is a rare opportunity to see the Tiger Orchid in bloom as it only flowers once every few years.

The Singapore Garden Festival opens this Saturday and will run until Aug 24.