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Giant waterlilies


By Cat

Giant waterlilies (Victoria amazonica and Victoria cruziana)

Photo taken at Kew Gardens, summer 2008. 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. 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.

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Hi Cat

Welcome! Those plants are lovely, reminds me of a plant I have seen in the Mauritius Botanical park.

27 Aug, 2008


These are the famous ones that are strong enough to hold a person, right?

27 Aug, 2008


Yes indeed, according to the kew website "A mature leaf can support 45 kg, if the load is evenly distributed."

27 Aug, 2008


I remember some old photos of girls playing musical instrments while on these things, I always thought they were faked! lol

27 Aug, 2008


those are amazing. lol no problem with pond life hauling oiut to rest and get some sun

18 May, 2015

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