Photographer's Note

This is the flower bud of the giant Victoria Lily. A day before a plant flowers, a bud approximately the size of a tennis balls appear above the water. At sunset on the first night of its bloom cycle, the bud opens to reveal 50 or more petals that could be up to 18 inches in diameter. The bloom is sharply white a "glows" in a darkening night sky. As it opens it emits a strong fragrance of tuberose, pineapple and banana that can be sensed from 20 to 30 feet away. It also radiates heat and is considerably warmer than sorrounding air. At this stage the Victoria is female and is seeking to be pollinated.

Above descriptions are from Hudson Garden's Event Center.

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