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The blooming cheek! World’s smallest water lily stolen from Kew Gardens

Posted at 1:30 pm, January 20, 2014 in News
World's smallest water lily

After narrowly escaping extinction two years ago, Kew Gardens’ tiny, centimetre-wide water lily has been pinched by light-green-fingered thieves. Hero horticulturalist Carlos Magdalena managed to revive the species after it died in South Rwanda six years ago and the flower has since been on display at the Princess of Wales Conservatory, relying on precise oxygen and temperature levels to survive. Experts think (or hope) that the thieves are enthusiasts determined to own one of the endangered species  and that it’s still alive somewhere.

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