From long ago the name of water-lilies was closely with
a mermaids. And it was called as a mermaid flower too.
The northern American Indians assert that water-lilies appeared from some
sparks of the fell Pole star and Hesperus, which disputed about the rocket
that was sent from the Earth.
The legend says that each water-lily has it’s own friend, an elf,
who was born with the flower and the elf should die with it.
One of a close relatives of a white water-lily is our yellow water-lily.
The leafs of a water lily aren’t in the same position all day long.
They follow the sun turning to it’s beams.
At night the flower closes it’s bud and sinks in warm water.
A water lily blooms during 3 months and dwells in standing waters. The
Slavs considered that the water lily has a saving power. And it can protect
a human during a journey.
Theocrats one of the most famous ancient botanists wrote that a water-lily
has the same shape with poppy but it’s much bigger and its weight
is the same with an apple. It has four large green leaves with red seeds
which have fresh taste the same with wheat.
Water-lily’s leaves can swim. There are some big air areas inside
them to keep the flower above the water.
There are also a Mexican water-lily which is called a water banana. There
are less exotic flowers which were such famous as Victoria Regia a gigantic
water-lily from the Southern America. About it’s blooming you can
hear on the radio or on television or even read in newspapers. The people
of all ages rush to the greenhouses to see that miracle.
They can see a lot of big flowers. Every water-lily is about 2 meters.
The plants are drifting in a big swimming pool with warm water. The flowers
of Victoria are bright-green and bright-purple in bottom that’s
why it seems that the flower has a glow.
Each flower has an infinite number of different colored petals. When in
1849 year it bloomed in the first time there was a great sensation.
The first man, who discovered a Victoria was a German botanist Edward
Fredrick Poypping. From 1827 till 1832 Poypping traveled through Southern
America end crossed the continent from the West to the East very close
to the equator. He traveled from the Pacific ocean to Chile through the
Ands then crossed Peru and Brazil, went down to the Amazon river and reached
the Atlantic ocean. In January 1832 Poypping found the plant near to the
Amazon river falling into the Teffe river. And then in one magazine he
published an article where he described the flower under the name Victoria
– regia. But that article caused no sensation.
In 1836 a German botanist Robert German Shomburgk met that plant in Guyane
for The Royal London Geographic society. He delivered the plant to Nymphaea’s
family which includes our white water-lily and gave it a name “Nymphaea
Victoria” in honor of an eighteen years old beauty who had just
assumed the throne of the United Kingdom. The botanist reckoned on the
attention of some influence people.
Shomburgk gathered some parts of the flower and it’s seeds, made
some drawings and discribings and sent the materials to England. In 1837
professor Lindley determined that the plant should be delivered to a new
family of water-lilies and supported Shomburgk in denoting the flower
as “Victoria”. And Shomburgk got a knight’s rank for
the great services and then started to be called as Sir Shomburgk. The
news of Victoria’s blooming peddled among scientists, artists and
journalists. And by the moment of the flower’s opening there were
a lot of people in the greenhouse. Everybody was amazed by the beauty
The Amazon Victoria Regia has very strong leaves which can bear a human’s
weight. And its leaves are very beautiful. An English architect D. Pakston
used a model of the leaf for the Crystal Palace in London.
In the Victoria’s homeland the flower has more than twelve leaves.
Victoria’s blooming lasting for 2 or 3 nights. All night the flower
exhales the aroma and warmth. The temperature of Victoria is 11 degree
higher than the temperature of the surroundings. In the morning the leaves
close up until the next night.