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Discover a new species

18th Jul 2022

Who knew that water lilies lived for over 100 years? Well, the lovely people at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew probably did. In fact, the famous giant water lily, named after Queen Victoria has been at Kew Gardens for 177 years.

In 1852 it was named Genus Victoria after the monarch and was thought to be from two separate species. Now, scientists have discovered it’s actually an entirely new type and have named it a Botanical wonder of the world. It’s the first new discovery of a giant water lily in over 100 years and holds the record for the largest in the world.

V Boliviana

In honour of the research partners and the famed South American home of water lilies, the new plant has been named V Boliviana.

Scientists from Kew Gardens have said “Describing new species is a task of fundamental importance in the face of biodiversity loss”

They hope, the discovery of the new species will inspire more research and encourage more visitors to Kew Gardens, to learn about these fascinating plants and their habitats.

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