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The sacred lotus has begun to flower in the Tropical Wetlands House
The sacred lotus has begun to flower in the Tropical Wetlands House
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Canarina canariensis

This scandent climber from the Canary Islands seems a mismatch of succulent fleshy tuberous roots with recognizably delicate Campanulaceae flowers. Not found growing wild anywhere else but this important archipelago for the study of speciation, the Canary bellflower is clearly a niche, specialized plant.
The stunning flowers in a burnished orange are bell shaped with six flared and pointed lobes, the petal tissue taut like young skin but clearly veined in puce. The flower bell is set off beautifully by a star-shaped ruff of six long tapering light green sepals.

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