If you wish to view the blooming of this giant water lily (Victoria amazonica), you should go there in the evenings when the bud is just beginning to open. To reach the water lily pond, use the exit from Secret Recipe Cafe on Lower Ground (LG) floor. The water lily pond is located out in the open area just next to the Mamak restaurant.
This is the pond that houses the Victoria Amazonica, the world's largest water lily plant. Its natural habitat is the ponds and lagoons deep in the forest tribulatories of the Amazon River. Our award winning botanist and researcher, Dr. Francis Ng and his team has successfully grown this giant water lily here.
I would also encourage you to watch the above video of David Attenbourough's BBC Wildlife on You-tube. Click here to view the overwhelming comments. It is a a short 4 min. documentary about this clever and amazing plant. The video shows how this lily open as pure white petals on the first day, gives out a strong fragrance to attract the scarab beetle to pollinate it, then closes at night, trapping the beetle inside. The next evening it opens again setting the beetle free. The petals changes to dark pink on the second day and the flower withers away.
I am so excited after watching it, I can't wait to share this with you. I was lucky to be able to witness and photograph the victoria amazonica in bloom. The flower is so beautiful, its pure white petals slowly opening right before my very eyes!. I hope you have enjoyed my earlier post.
These are koi fishes swimming happily in the clear water that stretches along the curved walkway into the mall. I think a pale yellow koi is pregnant because I see a bulging stomach.
This is a waterfall where water flows from an upper floor to the lower pond below. Can you see the carps in the upper deck and also in the pond? The palms here further enhances the look of this tropical landscape.
There are over 100 species of flora and fauna with real forest trees and flowering plants in the rainforest garden. The plants are properly labeled. This picture shows a man-made cascading waterfall with ferns growing around it. The rainforest gives visitors a chance to learn, appreciate and experience nature in tranquil surroundings.
Fish food is availabe for sale at a counter nearby. So, children can have a fun outing here feeding the colourful koi fishes in the pond while mum and dad takes a breather after a long day shopping at the mall. If you are hungry, you can enjoy the al-fresco dining experience as the cafes and restaurants are just a few steps away. There are also some benches here for people to sit down, relax and enjoy the calm and cool surroundings. It's a breathtaking view. Look up to the sky above and you will see a Rainbow Suspension Bridge. Wanna try walking across it?
The Rainforest has a plethora of fishes. Besides these beautiful koi fishes, there are also a variety of other freshwater fishes housed in a giant aquarium for public viewing. There are signboards with information about the fishes in front of the aquarium.
Standing next to this waterfall gives me a refreshing and cool feeling. I like the green pothos seen here dangling gracefully from the top of the waterfall. There are more pothos at the balcony and among the rocks.
There are so many koi fishes here, I think they are having a population explosion !
The funny thing is that this Rainforest has been around for some time now and I have not noticed it before. I mean it has been there a few years already and I have gone to this mall so many times, I have never really appreciated it. Many times I have just walked passed it, oblivious to its beauty and tranquility. Not until when I went there to take photographs, and what a wonderful feeling this was. It is like a new discovery and sense of happiness at having found a green and environmental friendly place right here in a busy shopping centre.
I wish to leave behind a Green Environment and Healthy Earth for our future generations.
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