The world’s largest water lily has been found.
The lily had been wrongly identified 177 years ago and has been hiding in plain sight ever since!
The giant water lily holds the current record for being the largest of the water lilies with leaves growing more than 3m wide.
It’s been named Victoria boliviana after Queen Victoria and the country of Bolivia, where the plant grows in a single water basin in part of the Amazon river system.
The description of the new plant has been published in the journal Frontiers in Plant Biology.