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Sophora_toromiro
Sophora_toromiro
Iris stocksii
Iris stocksii
Nymphaea thermarum is the smallest waterlily in the world
Nymphaea thermarum is the smallest waterlily in the world
Encephalartos woodii
Encephalartos woodii
RUBIACEAE_Ramosmania, rodriguesii, 19862514STRW
RUBIACEAE_Ramosmania, rodriguesii, 19862514STRW
PASSIFLORACEAE, Passiflora, lindeniana, 19952630VAND
PASSIFLORACEAE, Passiflora, lindeniana, 19952630VAND
Mellissia, begoniifolia, 1999993CLFA
Mellissia, begoniifolia, 1999993CLFA
MEDUSAGYNACEAE, Medusagyne, oppositifolia
MEDUSAGYNACEAE, Medusagyne, oppositifolia
Charianthus, purpureus, seedling
Charianthus, purpureus, seedling
Adewia, cladosepala, 20061432SNGF
Adewia, cladosepala, 20061432SNGF
Nymphaea thermarum is the smallest waterlily in the world Featured Image

Nymphaea thermarum is the smallest waterlily in the world

Nymphaea thermarum is the smallest waterlily in the world, and the only Nymphaea to grow in damp mud rather than water - This ‘thermal’ waterlily, which grew around freshwater hot springs, was discovered in 1987 by German botanist Professor Eberhard Fischer of Koblenz-Landau University. It is known from just one location in Mashyuza, in southwest Rwanda. However, it disappeared from there about two years ago due to over-exploitation of the hot spring that fed this fragile habitat. Water was prevented from reaching the surface, resulting in the desiccation of the few square metres where this species grew, and no plant is known to have survived in the wild

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