I had the chance to assist to a conference about biodiversity that was held at two different amazing places in London : the NHM of London (and I’ve already explained my little wanderings around the museum in a previous post) and Kew Gardens.
These Royal Botanic Gardens contain the world’s largest collection of living plants. That was amazing to be able to have a look at the collections and have a little stroll in the park.
I visited the Waterlily House, a beautiful glasshouse where we can find huge waterlilies, the Victoria Amazonica, in the pond situated in the middle of the glazed structure.
Its gigantic circular leaves can grow up to two meters and can support 45 kg ! They are native from South America and their flowers are short-lived and only bloom at night. The colour of the lily is white but it changes to pink when it’s pollinated. I think It’s amazing ! The flowers you see above are not the ones from the huge waterlily butother tropical flowers of more modest sizes… :-)
Outside, there was another pond where you can find other colourful nymphaeaceae.
I also visit the famous Palm House, and I will tell you more about it in a next post !