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One of world’s smallest water lilies stolen from Kew garden


January 13, 2014
By The Canadian Press

Jan. 13, 2014, London, U.K. — Police say that one of a small number of
nearly extinct water lilies has been stolen from London’s Royal Botanic
Gardens.

Jan. 13, 2014, London, U.K. — Police say that one of a small number of nearly extinct water lilies has been stolen from London’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

The capital’s Metropolitan Police says that the flower theft took place sometime Thursday when a Nymphaea thermarum, considered the world’s smallest water lily, was pulled from a shallow pond in a greenhouse at the garden in Kew, west London.

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The lily, discovered in Rwanda, is extremely rare and is thought to be the world’s smallest, producing tiny lily pads as small as one centimetre (around one third of an inch) across.

It is extinct in the wild.

The only surviving plants are at Kew, where there are about 50, and in Germany.


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