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Suite from Botanical Garden from Rio. At the lake from Vitorias regia.
Victoria is a genus of water lilies, in the plant family Nymphaeaceae, with very large green leaves that flat on the water's surface. Victoria amazonica has a leaf that is up to 3 m (9.8 ft) in diameter, on a stalk 78 m (22.9-26.2 ft) in length. The genus name was given in honour of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.
Victoria 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 scarab beetles.

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