victoria amazonica

Victoria amazonica

Pads of the Victoria amazonica waterlily grow up to 7 feet in diameter and are strong enough to support the weight of a small child. I got to know this aquatic species some years ago when I did research at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew. There, in the absence of  natural predators, the specimens are near perfect (http://goo.gl/tMeZa). The plant was originally called Victoria regia, in honor of Queen Victoria, but that name has been superseded. However, in Brazil, the name Vitoria regia is used until today.

As folhas da Vitoria amazonica podem atingir 2 metros em diâmetro e são suficientemente fortes para apoiar o peso de uma pequena criança. Conheci esta planta uns anos atrás quando fiz pesquisa no Jardim Botânico Real em Kew. Lá, sem predadores naturais, as plantas são quase perfeitas (http://goo.gl/tMeZa). A planta foi chamada inicialmente de Victoria regia, em honra da rainha Vitoria, mas o nome foi alterado. Todavia, até hoje, o antigo nome Vitoria regia está utilizado no Brasil.

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