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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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Cercis chinensis 'Avondale'

This young cultivar of Chinese redbud on the eastern flank of the Henslow Walk is a finely branched specimen now covered in clusters of black cherry yoghurt coloured flower buds. When open in the next day or two, the characteristic pea family flower shape will be revealed, as a large lower lip extends down (the 'keel') with the flower symmetrical along the vertical axis (as we are).
The flower arise directly from the main stems or trunk rather than from new shoots and before the leaves emerge, a phenomenon known as cauliflory. The leaves that follow are large and heart-shaped.

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