Thursday, May 20, 2010

World's smallest water lily

Nymphaea thermarum is the world's smallest water lily. The pads (leaves) of N. thermarum measure only 1 cm (0.39 in) across. All wild plants were lost due to destruction of its native habitat, but it was saved from extinction when it was grown from seed at Kew Gardens in 2009.

Text from Wikipedia, photo from BBC.