Victoria amazonica Facts
- Victoria Amazonica represents the largest known species of the lily pad on the planet. It also represents the national flower of Guyana.
- Though not currently considered to be threatened, experts also believe that the rapid deforestation of the region may soon threaten the species.
- The entire genus of which this rather remarkable species represents a part was named in honor of Queen Victoria, of England, in 1837.
Victoria amazonica Physical Description
The rather enormous pads of this plant grow to a size of more than 10 ft (3 m) in diameter. These grow attached to underwater stalks that also reach up to 26 ft (8 m) in length.
The beautiful blooms, however, average 15.75 is (40 cm) in diameter. They appear white on the 1st day they appear, then actually change to pink after that.
The underside of the leaves generally shows a purplish-red color and also develops covered in numerous sharp spines. The upturned edges add to its buoyancy. And if the weight gets evenly distributed, a single leaf supports as much as 100 lb (45 kg).
Species: V. amazonica
Victoria amazonica Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
The mesmerizing Victoria amazonica grows in the Amazon River Basin in central and eastern South America. Victoria Amazonica also appears to be endemic only to the Amazon River Basin. It primarily grows in bayous and oxbow lakes.
Pollination of the large blooms principally occurs by a rather wide variety of beetles. A single mature Victoria Amazonica produces as many as 50 of these enormous leaves Isn’t that amazing?
These same impressive leaves actually grow at the hard to believe rate of roughly 6 in (15 cm) per day.