This orchid was named after His Excellency Ivan Gašparovič, Then President of the Slovak Republic on the occasion of his visit to National Orchid Garden on 13 October 2006.
Epidendrum ‘Ivan Ivan Gašparovič’ = Epidendrum cinnabarinum x Epidendrum ‘Spirit of Volunteerism’
Epidendrum, abbreviated Epi in the horticultural trade, is a large neotropical genus of the orchid family. With more than 1,100 species, some authors describe it as a mega-genus. The genus name [from Greek ɛpɨ, epi and δένδρον, dendron, “upon trees”] refers to its epiphytic growth habit.
Photo: National Orchid Garden, Singapore