Framed Lily Pad - Mauritius
Originally uploaded by Leone Fabre.
Most pictures that identify the Botanical Gardens in Mauritius, have the huge water lily lake where you can see the Victoria water lilies. It really is quite beautiful to stand in front of this lake and see them on top of the water.
The garden known as the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens has a large variety of palms, flowers and plants.
It was in the past during the French colonisation the private garden of the French Governor, Mahe de Labournnais. These giant water lilies are known in their scientific name as Victoria amazonica.
The famous water lily is native to the Amazon River. Formerly the Victoria amazonica was known as the Victoria regia. It has been named after the Queen Victoria. The leaves can be a diameter and up to three meters. The flowers of the giant lilies are magnificent.