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Victoria Regia, royalty... Both name and appearance make anyone lucky enough
to see it in bloom sit up with astonishment. Huge glossy leaves like plates,
up to 2m in diameter and capable of holding the weight of a 3-year-old child,
sway majestically on the surface of the water. And amongst these giants, for
a few hours in the evening, appears a blindingly beautiful snow white flower.
The unique lily can be found in the creeks of the River Amazon in far-off Brazil
and Peru. And in Stavropol. A few years ago the aquatic royal beauty took up
residence in the orangery of Stavropol’s V. V. Skripchinskiy Botanical Garden.
One of the world’s largest aquatic plants, it can be quite demanding- it requires
particular water temperatures, light and humidity. However, the conditions created
in the state capital’s botanical garden are so comfortable that it blooms by
both night and day, enabling residents and visitors alike to feast their eyes.
Victoria amazonica is not the garden’s only delight. Here hasbeen gathered
a truly unparallelled collection of plants from every corner of the world.