Victoria amazonica, the national flower of Guyana. Endemic to the lakes and backwaters of the Amazon River and prized for its huge leaves, up to 240 cm across.
The flowers are white the first night they are open and become pink the second night. They are up to 40 cm in diameter, and are pollinated by beetles.
Victoria cruziana is a popular water garden plant in botanical gardens where its very large leaves can reach their fullest, up to 2 m wide with a thick rim up to 20 cm high. It can be grown in cooler waters than its sister within the genus, the more familiar giant waterlily, Victoria amazonica.
Victoria ‘Longwood Hybrid’ Nutt is a hybrid developed by Patrick Nutt of Longwood Gardens fame by crossing the two species plants (V. cruziana x V. amazonica) It is an intermediate between the species parents, tending toward cruziana characteristics. Pads are green/bronze with intermediate rims, dark red on the exterior. Buds are somewhat rounded with some thorns on the medium pink sepals. Flowers are creamy white the first night with slightly rounded petals and medium pink the second night. It is a much hardier plant than either of it’s parents. It can withstand higher winds, lower air and water temperatures and it begins flowering 3 to 11 days earlier than the parents.
Probably there is no clear answer, who is the true queen of the waterlilies.
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There are a number of Ficus elastica varieties grown successfully indoors which includes, "the most common one" F.elastica decora (has shiny leather type leaves which grow to a 30cm / 1 ft long), F.elastica robusta (has larger leaves than decora), F.elastica black prince or burgundy (has near black reddish leaves) and a selection of variegated types.
Been drawing a lot of red foxes, so thought I would paint another type. This is kind of a mixture of different ones, but I had a reference of an artic fox when sketching. He's supposed to jump, but maybe it looks more like he is sleeping?😅
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Elephant ear taro is a massive aroid with a spectacular cluster of upwardly pointing, arrow-shaped leaf blades. The swollen underground stems are used for food and animal fodder, and the roots and leaves are used medicinally in some countries. For example, in Hawaii, it has been used to treat digestive complaints, as a topical dressing for burns, and as a love charm. In the Philippines, the leaf stalks have been used to relieve toothache and on Java the roots and leaves have been used to relieve pain and redness. The rhizomes contain an anti-fungal protein called alocasin.
According to Kew Species Profiles.