Breaking News
Home / Travel / These Gorgeous, Giant Lily Pads Are Back 10 Years After Everyone Thought They Went Extinct

These Gorgeous, Giant Lily Pads Are Back 10 Years After Everyone Thought They Went Extinct

Gigantic lily pads have reappeared in a Paraguayan lagoon after disappearing for more than 10 years.

The impressive lily pads, which can reach a diameter of more than five feet, have not been seen since 2006 when they were listed as endangered. But they reappeared this year in the Salado River, a tributary of the Paraguay River, in a small town called Piquete Cue.

NORBERTO DUARTE/Getty Images

The town has started offering boat rides to tourists up the river to get up close to the enormous lily pads. The lily pads have a pink and white flower in the center that blooms only for 48 hours at a time.

Related: The World’s Biggest Flower Garden Sits in the Middle of a Desert

Known as victoria cruziana, the lily pads were believed to have disappeared due in part to dredging and tourists fishing them out of the water.

Giant water lilies in Paraguay River in Piquete Cue just north of Asuncion, on January 8, 2018. horizonasia
NORBERTO DUARTE/Getty Images

“I have lived in the area since I was a child. The neighbours and I thought the plant had already become extinct, but it has returned,” a local named Antonio Benítez told the Associated Press.

Related: This Village Has Been Covered in Flower Paintings Since the 19th Century

Locals refer to the plants as “alligator liles” because their enormous size is large enough to hide an alligator underneath. In the past, they have used it as a cure for asthma or breathing problems. But because of the plants’ endangered status, anybody caught trying to harvest the plant will be fined.

Take Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards survey for the chance to win a $10,000 dream trip.

Check Also

Some Amazon Prime Memberships Are Increasing by Nearly 20%

<p>Annual membership prices will remain the same</p>

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *