Victoria amazonica

Victoria amazonica is large species of water lily plant. In fact, the species is the largest known plant in its family, the Nymphaeaceae family. V. amazonica is native to the Amazon River basin. The plant flourishes in shallow waters, specifically oxbow lakes and bayous. The very first publication of the plant’s classification was in 1837. John Lindley named the species from specimens brought to him from the British Guiana.

Victoria amazonica grows up to 9.8 feet in diameter. Its flowers are white only on the first night of bloom, it will turn a pinkish hue following. The plant is bottom rooted and its leaves and flower sit atop the water’s surface. Its stalk grows between 22-26 feet underwater to the surface. Flowers can grow up to 15.75 inches in diameter. Its large, white flowers attract beetles which are known to pollinate the species.

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