The beautiful Tagimaucia flower – or Medinilla waterhousei – grows only at high altitude near water and, apart from at a few isolated locations on Vanua Levu, Lake Tagimaucia on Taveuni is the only place in the world you can see it. The beautiful flowers, which hang in bright clusters from a liana vine, have two red waxy outer petals and four white inner petals resembling a bell; they bloom in profusion between September and January. This being Fiji, there is a romantic legend attached: the tumbling flowers represent the tears of a maiden forbidden to marry her true love.

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