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Scientists discover new giant water lily species 科学家发现世界最大巨型睡莲品种




Scientists discover new giant water lily species 科学家发现世界最大巨型睡莲品种


They're a marvel of the botanical world – giant water lilies dominating the pond in Kew Gardens.


But these aren't just extraordinary to look at, they're also a species that's new to science.


Rebecca Morelle, BBC correspondent
"They are huge, aren't they? And they feel so strong when you press down on them."

丽贝卡·莫雷尔       BBC通讯员

Carlos Magdalena, Horticulturist, RBG Kew
"Under the pad, there is a network of nerves and they're filled with air."

卡洛斯·马格达勒纳       英国皇家植物园邱园 园艺师

For years, these plants were thought to be another species. But scientists suspected this wasn’t the case.


Carlos Magdalena, Horticulturist, RBG Kew
"When you think this is a new species, you have to demonstrate it. And this is what we have done. This is one of those things which I cannot really put into words, you know. I believe this is the highlight of my career."

卡洛斯·马格达勒纳       英国皇家植物园邱园 园艺师

And this new species is called Victoria Boliviana, named after Bolivia, where it grows in the wild.

这个新品种叫作 “玻利维亚巨型睡莲”,以其野外生长地玻利维亚命名。

Rebecca Morelle, BBC correspondent
"Standing here, you really get a sense of just how huge this is. This is one plant and it's still growing. Not only is this the first discovery of a new giant water lily species in more than 100 years. It’s also now the biggest water lily in the world, with leaves that grow to more than three metres. That’s ten feet in size."

丽贝卡·莫雷尔       BBC通讯员

Astonishingly, the new species had been hiding in Kew's archives for more than 150 years. A specimen was collected and dried and stored, but wrongly identified.


The discovery now brings the number of giant water lily species to three – and a key part of studying them is to make detailed botanical drawings.


Lucy Smith, Botanical artist
"This is the open flower of the new species. Maybe I'm biased, but out of the three species I think it's one of the most beautiful flowers."

露西·史密斯       植物艺术家

Drawings of the different water lilies revealed their unique features.


Lucy Smith, Botanical artist
"I could, as an illustrator, highlight those differences that I saw. And in fact, while I was drawing those differences, they became even stronger in my mind, and I found new ways of telling them apart."

露西·史密斯       植物艺术家

The Waterlily House at Kew was built in the 1800s to showcase these natural wonders of the Victorian age.


But this new discovery shows that even today, these giants hold some surprises – and scientists say they still have much to learn about these remarkable plants.





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