Santa Cruz water lilies

See them growing in our Rainforest Biome.

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  • The white flower opens in the early evening and is scented to attract and temporarily trap a beetle (Cylocephata castaneal) that pollinates the plant.
  • The flower turns pink or red the following day and lowers back into the water.
  • The hollow veins in the huge leaves give strength and buoyancy.

Where it grows

Slow moving waters in north Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia.

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