Originally Posted by Miguel
I really enjoyed the slideshow....those are some serious Lilly pads! In the first photo I thought they were about a foot wide and was shocked to later discover they were almost as long as your paddle. The Amazon is still one of my fantasy trips. Thanks for sharing yours.
The scientific name is "Victoria Amazonica". According to one site, they were described by British explorers in 1801 and was named after the British Queen Victoria.
The bottom can be quite dangerous to a folding kayak with air sponsons - they're covered with thorns on the bottom. The ones we saw were quite distressed I suppose due to all of the rain.