Sunday, August 9, 2009

Victoria Amazonica

Victoria Amazonica is a species of flowering plant, the largest of the Nymphaeaceae family of water lilies. The species has very large leaves, up to 3 metres in diameter, that float on the water surface on a submerged stalk, 7-8 metres in length. The species was once called Victoria Regia after Queen Victoria, but the name was surperseded. Victoria Amazonica is native to the shallow waters of Amazon River basin, such as oxbox lakes and bayous. It is depicted in the Guyanese coat of arms. The flowers are white the first night they are open and become pink the second night. They are up to 40cm in diameter and are pollinated by beetles.

You can catch see the Victoria Amazonica @ One Utama shopping mall and it was a great view if you see it for yourself.

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