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Durio zibethinus (Durian) x Annona muricata (Soursop)

Durio zibethinus (Durian) x Annona muricata (Soursop)

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Durio zibethinus is the most common tree species in the genus Durio within the Mallows family. It is known as durian and has edible fruit also known as durian. Durio zibethinus is a tall tree with a straight trunk, rough bark and a large and irregular tree top. The bright yellow flowers are cauliflorous, produced in clusters of up to 30 flowers that bloom at night releasing a strong odour to attract its main pollinators, bats. The fruit, known as the King of Fruits in Southeast Asia, is covered by a hard and thorny husk ranging from green to brown. The edible yellow flesh of the fruit has a pungent smell that even penetrates the husk. While some people find the smell pleasant, many find it revolting. The strong aroma and creamy texture of the fruit make it an acquired taste. Different parts of the tree are used in cooking and found to have medicinal uses.

Annona muricata, common name soursop, is also known as graviola, guyabano, and in South America guanabana. It is within the Annonaceae family. The exact origin is unknown; it is native to the tropical regions of the Americas, as well as the Caribbean. It is a broadleaf, flowering upright evergreen tree that can grow to about 9 metres tall. With an aroma similar to pineapple, the flavour of the fruit is a combination of strawberries and apple with citrus notes. By contrast the flesh has a thick creamy texture similar to a banana. The pulp is used to make fruit nectar, smoothies, fruit juice drinks, as well as candies, sorbets and ice creams. It is popular throughout Southeast Asia. Annona muricata is high in antioxidants and believed to have a number of medicinal benefits such as stabilising blood sugar and reducing inflammation and may help fight bacteria and cancer.

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Specifications:

Paper
100% Cotton based, 320g, Acid-free, No optical brighteners. 

Printed Area
A3, 297mm x 420mm – Approximately 207mm x 342mm

About the Collection

The Garden of Miss Joaquim Collection: Illustrated Botanical Prints

Agnes Joaquim was a Singapore-born Armenian who created what would become Singapore’s National Flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim (scientific name: Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim), in 1893. The artificial hybrid was recognised by the first director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, botanist Henry Ridley.

Agnes, the first woman in the world to create a hybrid orchid, was a well-known and successful horticulturist, garnering 70 horticultural awards from 1881 to 1899. The Garden of Miss Joaquim Collection of botanical prints commemorates her horticultural legacy and complements her story told in the book Agnes and Her Amazing Orchid.

In presenting Agnes’s award-winning plants in the illustrated collection, we looked at the newspaper records of the times, but they were of no use because they used common name descriptions of the plants, such as ‘rose’ and ‘durian’. So we turned to the Singapore Botanic Gardens and collaborated with a botanist to identify the likely species. To complete Agnes’s story, the collection includes two additional images: of Vanda Miss Joaquim’s parents, Papilionanthe teres (pod parent) and Papilionanthe hookeriana (pollen parent) — formerly in the genus Vanda — both of which may have been present in her award-winning floral bouquets or cut flowers. Waiwai Hove, a talented and respected botanical illustrator, was chosen to produce the prints.

*Disclaimer: Representative only based on subject. Not species definitive.
About the Illustrator

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Waiwai Hove developed a love for nature from a young age. Growing up surrounded by rich tropical flora and nurtured by her mother, a keen gardener, Waiwai has always held a special place for plants in her childhood memories. She holds a diploma in botanical illustration from the Society of Botanical Artists (UK), graduating in 2013 with a distinction and the highest marks in the history of the course. 

She has since worked for the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where highlights include illustrations for ‘30 Heritage Trees’ and more recently ‘15 Gingers’. Four of Waiwai’s ginger paintings were subsequently used for a series of stamps issued by Singapore Post in 2018. Since 2019, Waiwai has begun working on the cover illustrations of 14 volumes of The Flora of Singapore, to be published over the next few years. Her works are in numerous private collections and can also be found in publications by the National Parks Board and in the Shirley Sherwood Collection in Kew Gardens, UK.