H is for........ HUGE!
The Giant Amazon Water Lily was discovered growing naturally in hidden ponds and lagoons deep in the forest tributaries of the Amazon River, in Central Brazil in 1801. Its imense leaves are the largest of all known living aquatic plants. In its natural habitat, its leaves exceed 6 ft in diameter and it is so strong that it can support the weight of a well-balanced adult.
The largest water lily in the world, Victoria Amazonica is named after Queen Victoria of England. The flowers, almost 1 ft in diameter, open as pure white blooms in the evenings and releases a strong fragrance to attract the scarab beetles for pollination. It closes and the beetle is trapped in it. It will open again the next evening, setting the beetle free. On the second day, the petals are a deep pink and emits no scent. By night, it would have closed for the last time and the flower will wither off.
For more information, I encourage you to visit David Attenbourough's BBC Wildlife on You-tube. It is a very interesting 4 min. documentary about this amazing plant.
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