This is the Doritaenopsis Elton John orchid, a white, magenta and golden flower named after Elton John at the 20th World Orchid Conference. The legendary entertainer flew out to the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore with partner David Furnish and son Zachary to accept the honor.
“We’ve had orchids in our home all the time, so it’ll be great to grow our own, so we’re going to do that,” said John. “I have had a lupine named after me and even a rose, but never an orchid, and this is a great honor, as I am an avid lover of gardens. Thank you for your kindness for this, as it is an eloquent list of people I seem to have joined and this is indeed the most beautiful specimen of orchid.”