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Tourists can spend on the water lily up to 60 seconds for selfies.

Every year, a huge number of tourists come to Shuasi Park in Taiwan’s capital, Taipei City, to see the world’s largest water lilies …

Tourists can spend on the water lily up to 60 seconds for selfies.
And some can even be photographed while sitting on a plant.

Sit on a special bed no more than 60 seconds
Huge leaves of water lilies are able to withstand a load of up to 65 kg.

Children and miniature adults can climb a water lily for a photo. But to be on the leaves is allowed no more than 60 seconds, it is also necessary to sit on a special litter.

Victoria Amazon – aquatic tropical plant of the Nymphaeaceae family
Victoria Amazonian belongs to the family Nymphaeaceae, grows on water in a tropical climate. The plant was brought to Taiwan from the Amazon basin and grown in Taipei, Taoyuan, Tainan and other cities.

The flowers of the plant hide under water and appear on the surface only once a year.
The flowers of the largest water lily are under water, appearing on the surface only once a year. The plant blooms for 2-3 days. White flowers, 20-30 cm in size, open in the evening and hide under the water the next morning, showing up again only after noon. On the second day of flowering their color becomes pale pink, and then changes to dark crimson or purple. Lifetime of water lilies in the wild can reach 5 years.

Flowers of pale white color with a diameter of 20-30 cm
To plant a plant is very difficult. It can not live at too high temperatures, and next to many animals. Park workers are constantly struggling with snails, which damage the leaves of young water lilies.

Growing a water lily is extremely difficult.
The plant was discovered in 1832. For a long time Victoria Amazon unsuccessfully tried to breed. And only in the middle of the XIX century the water lily first blossomed in the botanical garden Kew Gardens (England) and Ghent (Belgium). In Russia, the water lily was first grown in 1864 in St. Petersburg Botanical Garden.

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