- Title: SWITZERLAND: RARE ORCHID ON DISPLAY IN GENEVA.
- Date: 15th April 1997
- Summary: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (APRIL 15 1997) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. LV/MCU: GENERAL VIEWS OF EXHIBITION VENUE/ SIGN (2 SHOTS) 0.10 2. GV/PAN: EXHIBITION 0.17 3. MCU: ORCHID 0.22 4. GV: EXHIBITORS WALKING ON STAND 0.27 5. MCU: YELLOW VANILLA ORCHID 0.34 6. GV: PEOPLE LOOKING AT ORCHIDS 0.38 7. MCU/CU: ORCHIDS (2 SHOTS) 0.49 8. MV/CU: ALMOST BLACK ORCHID (2 SHOTS) 1.02 9. MCU: ORCHID DISPLAY - VARIOUS ORCHIDS (3 SHOTS) 1.23 10. MV/GV/PAN/MCU: PEOPLE LOOKING/ ORCHIDS (6 SHOTS) 1.57 11. MCU: DOCTOR HENRY OAKLEY SAYING THAT IT IS A UNIVERSAL OCCUPATION - EVERYONE BUYS FROM EVERYONE ELSE (ENGLISH) 2.14 12. MCU: ORCHID 2.18 13. MCU: DOCTOR TIM WING YAM SAYING THAT THE SINGAPORE ORCHID WHEN IT IS IN FULL BLOOM IT IS JUST LIKE A FLOWER FLOATING IN THE AIR (ENGLISH) 2.31 14. GV: ORCHIDS/ PEOPLE STARING AT ORCHIDS (2 SHOTS) 2.40 15. MCU: ORCHID HYBRID 2.44 16. MCU: JEAN-FRANCOIS WEISS SAYING THAT IT IS DIFFICULT TO GROW AND PRODUCE ORCHIDS - BUT IT IS LIKE A DREAM COME TRUE (FRENCH) 2.59 17. MCU: ORCHIDS (2 SHOTS) 3.11 18. GV: ORCHID DISPLAY 3.18 Initials s.3 - p.3 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
- Country: Switzerland
- Duration: 00:03:19
- Story Text: INTRO: A rare plant has gone on display at an orchid exhibition in the Swiss capital Geneva as experts and afficionados gathered to display their flowers on Tuesday (April 15).
-------------------------------------------------------------------- About one hundred orchid enthusiasts displayed about 30,000 orchids in Geneva on Tuesday. One of the main attractions was a rare "almost" black orchid. Another was a 'vanilla orchid' which revealed its yellow petals.
In addition to displaying their wares the experts also took the opportunity to discuss tropical deforestation, climatic changes and illegal trade of the plants. Amateurs and professionals alike were due to take part in competitions.
Orchids are a protected species and all the orchids sold on the open-market are produced in laboratories. An orchid seed can take as long as 10 years to grow, blossom and bloom.
Doctor Henri Oakley, an English specialist on South American orchids, said "it is a universal occupation, half of the world buys from the other half".
Doctor Tim Wing Yam is impressed by Singapore's national flower "when in full bloom,it is like a cloud of flower floating in the air".
Swiss hybrid grower Jean-Francois Weiss struggled at first to reproduce white orchids, but said it was a dream come true to produce the "perfect orchid".
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