This water lily is the name of Queen Victoria and is native to the Amazon and the surrounding areas ...

This water lily is the name of Queen Victoria and is native to the Amazon and surrounding areas in South America. In 1836, the flower was first described by EF Poeppig, a German explorer. He names the Amazon Eurayale lily. During the same year, another explorer, Richard Schomburgk described the same flower in British Guiana. He named it Victoria Regia, after the Queen of England. The official name was accepted as Amazonian Victoria, however, it is still known by locals as the Victoria Regia. They are several different species of large water lilies called Victoria. The Amazon is perhaps the largest. Its leaves can grow up to more than 8 meters in diameter, green or yellowish green. The outer side of the rim is dark pink and can grow in length about 5 inches. The Amazonian flower blooms for about two nights, however, its flower a measure of up to 10 centimeters in diameter, when it opened completely. This beautiful flower emits a powerful odor reminiscent of its tropical origins, a combination of bananas and ripe pineapple. The seeds are very nutritious and are used as food by the natives of the Amazon.

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