Entrance of Botanical Gardens, 1900s
Lim Kheng Chye Collection, courtesy of National Archives of Singapore
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The Gardens introduced the Para Rubber (Hevea brasiliensis) plant, which brought about great prosperity to the Southeast Asian region with rubber trade during the early 20th century. It also became a powerhouse for orchid hybridisation research which put Singapore as one of the world’s leading orchids exporter.