Sesexceed the size of a human head: a new water lily has been identified in Bolivia, which happens to be the largest in the world! The largest specimens reach 3.2 meters, and “could certainly support the weight of a young child”, said Natalia Przelomska, a member of a research team from Kew Gardens in the UK. Or even the weight of an adult of 80 . “Although we haven’t tested it!” »continue N.Przelomska.
Meet Victoria boliviana, the record-breaking giant waterlily which has been named new to science at Kew after spending 177 years hidden under the surface of our collections.
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Mixed with other giant water lilies of the species amazon victory at Kew Gardens for 177 years, researchers only realized it was a different species very recently! Named Bolivian Victory, this species was described in a study published in the journal. In the wild, it thrives in northeast Bolivia, where its large size allows it to catch a lot of . ” The under the is so high that when a water zone opens up — for example, because rivers suddenly become larger due to a — water lilies can thrive here because they grow very quickly and capture much of the from », explique N.Przelomska.