Water Lily Close Up at Janauari Ecological Park, Manaus, Brazil

The world’s largest water lily deserves a close up. Its giant leaf can reach a diameter of five to ten feet. English gardeners were so impressed they competed to grow the aquatic plant in the mid-19th century. The lily was then ceremoniously gifted to Queen Victoria and dubbed the Victoria regia, although that name is not used today. Many locals call it the Queen of the Lakes.

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