Orchids on display at Parliament House

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The National, Monday October 21st, 2013

 MORE than 4,000 species of orchids were on display at Parliament by the Papua New Guinea Orchid Society.

The event was aimed at promoting the orchid industry and native orchids. It hoped to get more citizens interested in planting and promoting orchids. Gardener Aukamu Tauwanigu said it was an annual event that promoted culture. 

He said PNG orchids were recognised worldwide after the society came first during the 20th world orchid conference in Singapore in 2011. 

He said others were high breeds which were paired in the laboratories. 

Some take four to six months to be fully grown. Bonnie Sahin, a woman from East New Britain, said she travelled to Port Moresby just to attend the 10th Orchid Spectacular.

Sahin, who grows orchids at home, came to see the different locally-grown orchids which she would buy and take back home.