giant lily pads

You might not know where they actually grow, or even the fact that they landed on the endangered species list a little over a decade ago, but you'll recognize them as soon as you see them. I'm talking about the giant water lilies that dominate sections of the Paraguay River. Now, after being nearly eradicated due to human interference, the massive lily pads are making a comeback and once again delighting visitors.

The giant lilies, which go by the scientific name Victoria cruziana, are absolutely massive. They have regularly been measured at over five feet in diameter, and their curled edges give them an almost otherworldly appearance. Unfortunately, mankind nearly wiped them out.

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