Looking good now
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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Muehlenbackia astonii

This unusual ornamental plant in the Polygonaceae family is endemic to New Zealand and currently holds sway over the plantings of the Terrace Garden devoted to the intriguing flora of these isolated islands.
The leafless tangles of fine zig-zagging twiglets create dense balls in a bright reddish-orange, and look to have been piped onto the plantings by a giant with a penchant for fancy cake decorating.

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