Monday, June 6, 2011

Largest genus of water lilies in the World

Victoria amazornica is the world’s largest genus of water lilies. Its leaves reach up to 3m in diameter. It floats in the shallow waters of the Amazon River basin. These water lilies support up to 70 pounds. This giant water lily was called Victoria regia after Queen Victoria of the UK when it was discovered by explorer Robert Schomburgk in 1836.

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