Photographer's Note

I am very glad I was able to see these waterlilies in this garden. This is a very nice garden with a pond in the surroundings of Santa Cruz. The genus “Victoria Amazonica” is the largest of all the waterlilies. Sometimes the leaves reach nearly 3 m in diatmeter, on stalks 7-8m in leght. Victoria is named after Queen Victoria of England.

V. amazonica is native to the shallow waters of the Amazon River basin, such as oxbow lakes and bayous. It is depicted in the Guyanese coat of arms. The flowers are white the first night they are open and become pink the second night. They are up to 40 cm in diameter, and are pollinated by beetles.

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Additional Photos by gabriel mendez (pitai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1131 W: 162 N: 915] (3985)
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