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Rare lotus flower blooms in region of Russia

by webdev

July 21, 2010

The Komarov lotus flower, a rare pink blossom, will flourish for just under a month in the Jewish Autonomous Region of Russia.

The flower, which boats vibrant fuchsia petals, is named after renowned Russian botanist and geographer Vladimir Komarov, according to The Voice of Russia. It has been called a "living fossil," as the flower existed during the Mesozoic era and even survived an Ice Age.

"The Komarov lotus, with its large pad leaves and pink flowers, usually blooms from late July to mid August," Yuri Panin, head of the Special Protected Areas Administration, told the news source. "This year, its blossoming period began somewhat earlier, due to high summer temperatures. The first buds appeared on July 16th."

The beautiful plant closes its petals during the night, and reopens in the morning. The flower always bends toward sunlight, and only grows in pure, non-polluted water. Though they are beautiful, they are very rare, and therefor under protection from the government, the news provider reports.

Other lotus flowers that are not endangered make great additions to gift bouquets. Other varieties include the American lotus, which has small, pale flowers, and the Chinese Lotus, which has pink petals, according to

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