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Water Hyacinth Flower

August 5, 2012

Wow, I didn’t see this one coming:

(Clic-pic to zoom)

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. namastemama permalink
    August 5, 2012 10:52 pm

    That’s just purty!

    • August 5, 2012 10:53 pm

      Yeah I was surprised. I never even thought about that stuff blooming and there it was.

  2. August 6, 2012 12:21 am

    I love serendipity stories! Especially when there are pictures to accompany it!

  3. August 9, 2012 4:29 am

    Beautiful!

  4. August 12, 2012 8:37 am

    Phew! I appreciate that water hyacinth has a glorious flower… but be very careful. It is the worst aquatic weed invader in the world! We currently have a dozen lakes and dams in South Africa which are covered in water hyacinth… and it is costing taxpayers millions to remove.

    Water hyacinth is an ecological nightmare!

    It doubles its size every ten days in summer and can cover a huge lake (eg Roodeplaat Dam, NE of Pretoria) in a season. Removing 70km of water hyacinth from the 1km wide Vaal River – one of our country’s main rivers to the south of Johannesburg – took 4 years and a million US dollars (paid for by taxpayers).We are currently spenting 100 000 US dollars trying to remove it from rivers flowing through Cape Town.

    Let it loose into your southern waterways and the costs to taxpayers will be millions. Our problems started when it jumped the garden fence… and got into our waterways. You can’t even turn it into compost because it sucks up all the heavy metals in water and has to be dumped in a biohazard waste site.

    Just a thought before you give it to all your friends…

    Kay Montgomery, South Africa.

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