Tainan-bred moth orchid wins top award at international show

Taipei, Phalaenopsis orchids from a Taiwanese-run orchid breeder in southern Taiwan have been awarded top honors at this year's international orchid show, which opened in Tainan on Friday.

Also known as moth orchids, the Phalaenopsis is one of the most popular orchids in the trade, through the development of many artificial hybrids.

Char Ming Agriculture Co.'s white moth orchid hybrid, dubbed "Lee1287," managed to beat out nearly 1,400 entrants at this year's competition.

The entries were grouped into six different groups based on orchid species -- Cattleya, Paphiopedilum, Phalaenopsis, Vanda, Dendrobium, and Oncidium.

The judging was mostly done on Thursday before the show opened, when a panel of judges narrowed the field down to five finalists.

The entries were judged based on various criteria, including color, attractiveness, texture, shape, and presentation.

Char Ming's Lee1287, which won the Grand Champion ribbon on Friday, stood out because of its remarkable large white petal variation and beautiful waterfall-like presentation, according to show organizers.

The Taiwan International Orchid Show is aimed at promoting domestic and international technical exchanges in the cultivation of orchids and expanding export opportunities for Taiwan's orchid industry.

A series of seminars, including the Taiwan International Orchid Symposium (TIOS), will also be part of the exhibition, organized by the Tainan municipal government and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council.

The show is being held at the Taiwan Orchid Plantation in Tainan's Houbi District until March 12.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel