#518-HALAWE named after an arabic confection containing Tahini (ground sesame seed paste); discovered 20-Oct-1903 by American astronomer Raymond Smith Dugan at Königstuhl Observatory; also discovered asteroid #535-MONTAGUE & co-wrote influential two-volume textbook in 1927 with Henry Norris Russell and John Quincy Stewart: Astronomy: A Revision of Young’s Manual of Astronomy — becoming the standard astronomy textbook for about two decades; asteroid #2772-DUGAN named in his honor.
"The word halva is used to describe two distinctly different types of confections. One type of candy called halva is popular in India and neighboring countries, and is made with semolina wheat, sugar or honey, and butter or vegetable oil. Raisins, dates or other dried fruits are often included. Another type of candy called halva is popular in the greater Middle East, the Balkans, and other areas around the Mediterranean. The primary ingedients in this confection are tahini and sugar or honey. Vanilla is typically included. Other ingedients such as pistachio nuts, orange juice, or chocolate are often added to the basic tahini and sugar base, resulting in a variety of flavors."
"Dendrobium Swartz is a large genus of tropical orchids that consists of about 1200 species. The genus occurs in diverse habitats throughout Asia, the Philippines, Borneo, Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand. The name is from the Greek dendron (meaning tree) and bios (meaning life). The species are either epiphytic, growing on a tree, or occasionally lithophytic, growing over a rock. They have adapted to a wide variety of habitats, from the high altitudes in the Himalayan mountains to lowland tropical forests and even to the dry climate of the Australian desert ... Some species are in great demand by orchid lovers. This has resulted in numerous varieties and hybrids, such as the Dendrobium nobile varieties, which have greatly extended the range of colors of the original flower from the Himalayas."