These huge aquatic plants are native to tropical South America.
Giant waterlilies (Victoria amazonica)
Did you know?
- Giant waterlilies (Victoria amazonica) were first discovered in Bolivia in 1801 and subsequently named in honour of Queen Victoria
- The enormous leaves, which grow to over 2.5m across, have a network of protruding ribs on the underside, which give the leaf buoyancy and stability
- A mature leaf can support 45 kg, if the load is evenly distributed
- The flowers are large and fragrant, but relatively short-lived, lasting only 48 hours or so. As each flower matures, it changes colour from white, through pink, to purplish-red, finally sinking below the surface
For more information on the giant waterlily (Victoria amazonica) visit our species profile.
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Orchid @ KEW 2014 : Yellow & White Paphiopedium Orchid @ 9th March 2014 (Part 1 of 2)
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Dark Pink Camellia Japonica (Rose of Winter), Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew @ 9 March 2014 (Part 2 of 2)
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