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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Water Lily Saved From Extinction by Kew Gardens

Horticulturalists at Kew Gardens have saved the rare African water lily "nymphaea thermarum" from possible extinction.

The lily — believed to be the world's smallest — was found in just one location in Rwanda, but disappeared about two years ago as water feeding its habitat was diverted for farming. Its pad can be just one centimeter in diameter.

Through the efforts of specialists at Kew there are now more than 30 baby water lilies.


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