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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Giant Amazon Water Lily of I-Utama

H is for........ HUGE!

This is the giant Amazon water lily, the Victoria Amazonica. Under a project headed by the distinguised botanist and researcher, Dr. Francis Ng, we now have our very own giant water lily at the water lily pond on ground floor, Rainforest area of 1-Utama Shopping Centre.

The Giant Amazon Water Lily was discovered growing naturally in hidden ponds and lagoons deep in the forest tributaries of the Amazon River, in Central Brazil in 1801. Its imense leaves are the largest of all known living aquatic plants. In its natural habitat, its leaves exceed 6 ft in diameter and it is so strong that it can support the weight of a well-balanced adult.

The largest water lily in the world, Victoria Amazonica is named after Queen Victoria of England. The flowers, almost 1 ft in diameter, open as pure white blooms in the evenings and releases a strong fragrance to attract the scarab beetles for pollination. It closes and the beetle is trapped in it. It will open again the next evening, setting the beetle free. On the second day, the petals are a deep pink and emits no scent. By night, it would have closed for the last time and the flower will wither off.

For more information, I encourage you to visit David Attenbourough's BBC Wildlife on You-tube. It is a very interesting 4 min. documentary about this amazing plant.


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25 comments:

  1. What a beatiful water lily! Great shots og this magnificent water plant!

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  2. A beautiful flower. Those giantpetal are awesome.

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  3. That is an awesome flower and I enjoyed the information about it that you included in your post! Lovely captures!

    Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  4. Fantastic selection photos, so peaceful.

    Cheers
    Guy
    Regina In Pictures

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  6. I've seen them in a few places here in Singapore and one of them is at the Singapore Zoo!

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  7. what a huge waterlily, love the color..

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  8. So huge, so beautiful. They sure don't last long though. Nice post.

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  9. OMG, this is my first time to see this huge water lily and the leaves are equally huge too! My blog template is waterlily because I love the flower!

    Ebie's Watery Outdoors.

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  10. Wow! Thanks for this...it's absolutely fascinating...

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  11. Holy cow, that is huge. How beautiful it is.

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  12. I never seen this.
    How big is that flower? 1 meters?

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  13. gorgeous! I would so enjoy seeing this flower in presence. Thank you for sharing its beauty!
    Spirithelpers

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  14. In Helsinki, Finland Capital City, is the Botanical Garden in where I have seen this amazing flower !!!! It was my favourite of all flowers. Very beautiful pics you have here and interesting text !!!
    If you visit my blog in next 5 months as we have winter so you'll see lot of pics about winter and snow :)

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  15. That is so absolutely amazing! And gorgeous too!

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  16. That does look huge!! And the flowers are beautiful. I imagine leeches hiding underneath those leaves though, so I'll pass on the swim ...

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  17. fantastic shot of a huge water lilies, love its light pink flowers.

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  18. They are such amazing plants. We have one too at our Botanical GARDENS. lOVE YOUR PHOTOS WITH THE OPENING FLOWER.

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  19. i have heard of this magnificent plant but have not ever seen one in person. The flower is the first time I have seen in pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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