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Radhika Jain

Word of the Month:

In honour of the monsoon, ‘Pluviophile’, a lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days.

Colour of the Month:

‘YInMn blue’

This is supposedly the most beautiful colour in the world, resembling the breathtaking elements of nature such as the depths of the ocean and clear, dark skies. After years of looking for the prettiest colour in the world, chemists have created this non-toxic rendition of the World’s Most Popular Colour, Blue! It was accidentally made by a group of scientists, when they created an unusual cocktail of chemicals, only to fall upon YInMn blue.

Plant of the Month:

‘Giant Water Lilies’

These floating lilies are known for their huge surface area (up to 8 feet), which is attained by an astonishing growth rate of 20 centimetres per day. They are famous tourist attractions, as they can support small children and sometimes, even adults! Though these ogre-sized lilies are famous for their size, they also have an interesting way of transporting pollen. They trap beetles inside their luxurious, pink and sweet-smelling flowers overnight, and then release them the next morning so that the insects can complete the pollination process. The lilies hence are said to have originated in Brazil, as beetles are abundant in the region and the climate is suited to the lily.

This particular species of lily is also known for its place in British history. In the hopes to impress their peers and anyone else watching, this lily became the epicentre of a British competition between Victorian ‘Gardeners’, to see who could cultivate the Giant Water Lily first. In 1849, the Duke of Devonshire and the Duke of Northumberland ended the race with a successful bloom. The former presented Queen Victoria with one of the lilies and named it after her (Victoria Amazonica).

The Giant Water Lily was also the inspiration for the infamous Crystal Palace in London, due to its intricate underside.

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