World’s largest water lily found

World’s largest water lily found

Июль 7, 2022 0 Автор science

Specialists from the Higher University of San Andres in Bolivia, in collaboration with botanists from the UK and the USA, have found the largest species of water lilies in the world. The findings of the study are published in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science.

As specified, the discovered specimen belongs to the genus Victoria. Previously, only two members of this genus, Victoria amazonica or Victoria cruziana, have been described. The species was seen about 177 years ago and dried in a herbarium, after which a part was delivered from Bolivia to the UK, where they were able to isolate DNA and establish that it was a plant unknown to science. This water lily is the largest of the existing ones in the world: the size of water lilies reaches 3.2 meters, and the flowers are larger than a human head.

In June, a research team from the University of Western Australia and Flinders University recorded the oldest and largest plant on Earth. According to them, this is a 4,500-year-old seaweed that stretches for 180 kilometers in the American Shark Bay.