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The Victoria Amazonica – Guyana’s National Flower

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The Victoria Amazonica, which is Guyana’s national flower, is the largest water lily in the world. Its leaves, which float on the water’s surface on a submerged stalk, grow to a diameter of up to ten feet.

The species of flower was once called the “Victoria Regia” after Queen Victoria of England, but the name was later changed to “Victoria Amazonica” since the flower only grows in the shallow waters of the Amazon River Basin.

The Victoria Amazonica is depicted on Guyana’s Coat of Arms.

The flowers of the Victoria Amazonica are white the first night they are open and become pink the second night. They grow up to sixteen inches in diameter and are pollinated by beetles.

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