World's largest waterlily discovered---at Kew Gardens.

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    togata57 Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Actually discovered in Bolivia with assistance from Kew Gardens . . . but that's the jingoistic UK press for you :-/
     
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    And here I was thinking that the plant itself was the important news!
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Indeed! Looks like it has been 'hiding in plain sight' for decades, overlooked because of its similarity to the other species.
     
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    This plant came up on my facebook feed, at Facebook, as part of a trip report to Kew by Karl Gercens, Conservatory Manager at Longwood Gardens outside Philadelphia, whose job seems to be to travel to every garden everywhere to make sure Longwood is not missing out on anything. He posts wonderful annotated photos from current garden visits almost every day, and almost all the plants he posts are named.

    There's a great photo of the newly distinguished Victoria boliviana huge flower at Scientists discover a new species of giant water lily that can grow up to 3 metres wide | CBC Radio. That page also links to @togata57 's second link at frontiersin.org, which is the original research article, not behind a firewall, well-written and very readable.
     
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    Yes - I first saw his flickrstream years and years ago - he's been doing that for over a decade. One of the most enviable jobs in the world I think!
     

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