A.J. Cann: I posted here recently about my orchid addiction, and Vanda is one of my favourite genera, so it was fascinating to read the history of a beautiful cross, Vanda Miss Joaquim, originally made in 1893, brought bang up to date in AoB Plants:
The popular hybrid orchid Vanda Miss Joaquim was made Singapore’s national flower in 1981. It was originally described in the Gardeners’ Chronicle in 1893, as a cross between Vanda hookeriana and Vanda teres. However, no record had been kept as to which parent contributed the pollen. This study was conducted using DNA barcoding techniques to determine the pod parent of V. Miss Joaquim, thereby inferring the pollen parent of the hybrid by exclusion.