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CultivarDendrobium Clara Bundt gx 'Kimilsungia'
Revised RomanizationGimilseonghwa

Kimilsungia is a hybrid orchid of the genus Dendrobium.[1] It is a clone of a plant that was created in Indonesia by orchid breeder Carl Ludwig C. L. Bundt, who in 1964 registered the grex name Dendrobium Clara Bundt for all orchids of the same ancestry, naming it after his daughter. It has a complex ancestry from cultivated orchids.[1] An attempt was made to register the grex name Dendrobium Kimilsungia, but this is not valid, it is a later synonym of Dendrobium Clara Bundt.[1] As a cultivar name (applying to only part of the grex), the correct name is Dendrobium Clara Bundt 'Kimilsungia'.[1] Another grex name Dendrobium Kimilsung Flower refers to plants of related but different ancestry.[1]

Another flower, the Kimjongilia, is named after Kim Il-sung's son, Kim Jong-il. Neither the Kimilsungia nor the Kimjongilia are the national flower of North Korea. The national flower of the country is the Magnolia sieboldii with white flowers.[2]

According to the Korean Central News Agency, Kim Il-sung's "peerless character" is "fully reflected in the immortal flower" which is "blooming everywhere on the five continents".[3]


The plant grows 30 to 70 centimetres (12–28 in) high. Its leaves adhere to the nodes alternatively and each stalk yields 3-15 flowers. The flowers have three petals and three calyxes and measure 6 to 8 centimetres (2.4–3.1 in). It blooms for 60–90 days. It grows best in daylight temperatures of 25 to 30 °C (77 to 86 °F) and 18 to 23 °C (64 to 73 °F) at night.[4]

Annual festivals[edit]

The annual Kimilsungia Festival has been held since 1998,[5] and is held around the Day of the Sun.[6] Kimilsungia flower shows are held every year in Pyongyang. Traditionally, embassies of foreign countries in North Korea each present their own bouquet of the flower to the annual exhibition.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Soediono, Noes; Arditti, Joseph; Soediono, Rubismo, "Kimilsungia: How an Indonesian Orchid Became a Revered Symbol in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea After Its Name was Changed" (PDF), Plant Science Bulletin, Botanical Society of America, 75 (3): 103–113
  2. ^ Korea Today Monthly Journal (issue 627, September 2008), cover inset
  3. ^ 4th Kimilsungia Show to be held in Pyongyang. Korean Central News Agency. March 21, 2002.
  4. ^ Hwan Ju, Pang (1998). "Kimilsungia". Kimjongilia. Pyongyang, North Korea: Foreign Languages Publishing House. p. 8.
  5. ^ Pang Un-ju (2017-04-06). "Preparations for flower festival in full swing". The Pyongyang Times. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  6. ^ Ralph C. Hassig; Kong Dan Oh (2009). The Hidden People of North Korea: Everyday Life in the Hermit Kingdom. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 298. ISBN 978-0-7425-6718-4. Retrieved 3 May 2015 – via Internet Archive.
  7. ^ Ford, Glyn; Kwon, Soyoung (2008). North Korea on the brink: struggle for survival. Pluto Press. p. 98. ISBN 978-0-7453-2598-9.

Soediono et al was published in 2011

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