The National Flower

The Victoria Regia, a water lily, was discovered by Robert Schomburgh, a German Botanist in l837, while leading an expedition into the interior of what was then British Guiana.

In its native habitat of tropical America, the plant is perennial. It grows in 4 to 6 feet of water, the base of the stems being situated in soft mud. From each plant there are seldom more than 4 or 5 leaves.

The largest flowers can measure l0 inches to one foot in diameter. When first open, they are white with a sweet smell rather like a ripe fruit; by the second day they are fully expanded and a deeper pink; by the third day, they start to wither.

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