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Giant water lilies in Malaysia

by webdev

October 07, 2010

The world's largest water lilies can now be viewed at the Tropical Spice Garden in Teluk Bahang, an island in Malaysia.

Germinated in a small fish tank nearly two years ago when the leaves were only 5 centimeters, the pads were transported to a pond in the garden lowercase after nine months. The two giant water lily pads measure about 90 centimeters in diameter and could grow to 2.1 meters or more, according to TheStar.Com.My.

Their growth, "depend(s) on the number of leaves that grow from the water lily. The fewer the leaves, the larger the size of each pad as they can get more nutrients," Kenneth Khoo, curator of the garden, told the news source.

The pads are in a constant state of bloom and flowers are white right before they blossom. The new petals will turn pink within one day. The flowers release a pineapple-like fragrance during the nighttime.

Elsewhere, the plants do more than just look pretty. In Manila, located in the Philippines, the Las Pinas Arts and Crafts Center started a water lily weaving industry where leaves are routinely used to create baskets, tissue and wine holders, reports Abs-CbnNews.com. The industry craft now supplies jobs to nearly 25 families.

 

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