biggest plant living in water
Amazonian Victoria or Victoria Regia (from the Latin Victoria amazonica) - it is the largest water plant.This huge water lily is also known throughout the world as a giant water lily.Its leaves grow up remarkably large - about 3 meters in diameter, which allows the plant to keep afloat person.On the reverse side of the leaves are very strong edges that help the lily not go down.The edges of the leaves are raised up, if the boat bumpers, which also gives the buoyancy of lilies.In addition, the lower surface of the plant is covered with spines, which protect it from hungry animals and fish. lilies also have small holes in the surface through which the lily removes excess moisture.
Flowers Victoria deserve separate admiration, they as well as the leaves, unusually large, reaching 20-30 cm in diameter.Bu
t, unfortunately, Regia blooms once a year and the duration of this process is only three days.In addition, the bloom can be seen only at night, in the morning the flowers are hidden under the water.Interestingly also the fact that the first flowers at the white lily, and on the second day of a slightly pinkish.By the third day, the color may change beyond recognition - from bright crimson to dark purple.Further, the plant goes under the water forever, and only there matures.Soon, the fruit of the flower is formed, containing the seeds of the black lily.
Victoria Regia distributed mainly in Brazil, Bolivia.It grows in the river basins of the Amazon only where there is a muddy bottom.Giant lily can also be found in the waters of Guyana. term of life of the plant is about 5 years.
Victoria Regia in people's lives
Today mankind shows this plant an extraordinary interest.The dream of many people is to grow Rhegium in their home greenhouses, ponds.But it is possible to cultivate, not all, as this plant is very moody and requires a certain temperature, humidity, water quality, and the bottom light.
Nevertheless, experienced cultivators manage to grow Victoria Rhegium in specially equipped greenhouses, where the conditions for the development of the plant close to the wild.By the way, blooming lilies in such greenhouses can not last a couple of days and a couple of months.It is hoped that soon such greenhouses will be available to anyone interested, which will allow anyone to admire the amazing Victoria Rhegium.