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Victoria Amazonica

This botanic wonder plant is large enough to hold a person

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The giant waterlily called Victoria Amazonica (name after Queen Victoria) grows in the Amazon, it is known for its very large leaves that grow up to 3 m (9.8 ft) in diameter. The leaves are supported by a submerged stalk that is 7–8 m (23–26 ft) in length.

Victoria Amazonica rarely survives more than a year outside of the Amazon so they are unique to this region. This plant requires a hot, humid climate and prefers shallow waters, like small lakes or bayous. When the waters in the Amazon rise and fall, it stimulates the stems to grow and keep up.

The flowers that are white at the beginning and turn pink on the second night are up to 40 cm (1.3 ft) in diameter. They are pollinated by beetles.

The flowers of Victoria Amazonica also produce a sweet and pleasant scent. You can see the flowers typically during the night. The blooming season lasts from early March through July.

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