Giant Lily Pads

Giant Lily Pads

Giant lily pads on the Amazon river have leaves that can grow up to 46 centimeters in size and hold up to 136 kilograms.

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The scientific name of this organism is Victoria amazonica. The common name for this organism is Giant Water Lily. Victoria amazonica is in the Plantae kingdom. The flower itself is white and only blooms at night. The color of the lily changes however when it is pollinated to a pinky purple.

When the lily is still white and needs to be pollinated it gives off a butterscotch and pineapple scent that attracts the beetles that pollinate the flower; another way the flower attracts beetles is its power to heat the core of the flower. If the heat outside is 85°C then inside the flower can be up to 95°C! The flower is approximately the size of a soccer ball and only lives for three days.

The most interesting thing about this flower is the large leaves that it creates. The leaves can grow up to 46 centimeters in size and can hold up to 136 kilograms, the leaves are flat before growing rims at the edge of the leaf. The leaves are strong and stiff thanks to the strong bottom of the leaves. The bottoms are covered with spines to help support the ribs. The bottom of the leaf is maroon in color.

The Giant Water Lily does not grow year-round in areas where it is not a native species, such as Great Britain; it only grows and reproduces in the summertime when the climate is warm. However, in its native Brazil and the Amazon, it grows all year long, due to the optimum conditions.

The Giant Water Lily grows in the shallow waters of the Amazon River basin, as well as bayous and specific lakes in Brazil. This species is native to Brazil.

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