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Victoria Amazonica

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The Victoria Amazonica is Guyana’s National Flower and is depicted on the Guyanese Coat of Arms.

Formerly named “Victoria Regia” after Queen Victoria, the name was later changed to Victoria Amazonica. The lily has very large leaves – up to ten feet in diameter that float on the water’s surface on a submerged stalk which is about 26 feet in length.

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

The Victoria Amazonica is the largest water lily in the world.

The photo above was taken in the Rupununi River in Yupukari Village, Central Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, South America – where the lily grows naturally.

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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