The interesting world of plants
Plants can be much more interesting than you think. Read this transcript from a nature film to find out why.
Water lilies can often be seen in China, with their round leaves, or pads, floating in ponds.
In Hangzhou, there is a kind of water lily whose pads are so huge that a person can stand on them.
This is a Victoria lily, the largest kind of water lily in the world.
Its pads are more than two metres wide and its white or purple flowers can grow as large as 45 centimetres across.
Some flowering plants can also be eaten.
The lotus, a near relative of the water lily, is such a plant.
It has a long white root, in which there are many holes.
In Asian countries, lotus roots and seeds are often cooked and served in meals.
In the West, eating lotus roots or seeds is not as popular as it is in Asia.