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Photos: Rare bloom at National Botanic Garden

A white bird of paradise plant (Strelitzia alba, syn. S. augusta) is in bloom at the National Botanic Garden in Salaspils, which is the first time such an event can be observed since the garden's founding sixty years ago.

The white bird of paradise plant is one of the rarest specimen of the perennial plants, native to South Africa.

It was grown from the seeds sent to Salaspils by Spain's Puerto de la Cruz Botanical Gardens thirteen years ago.

Within thirteen years the plant has grown to a height of four meters and has opened several flowers. It will be in bloom for several weeks at the garden.


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