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Victoria regia, The Great Water Lily of America

William Sharp, Victoria regia, in: by John Fisk Allen's "Victoria Regia"... (1854)

The Flickr Page of the Biodiversity Heritage Library is a great resource for finding beautiful zoological and botanical illustrations. These water-lillies, for instance, were illustrated by William Sharp (1803–1875) and published in a book called Victoria regia, or, The great water lily of America written by John Fisk Allen (Boston, 1854). The genus, victoria, was named by English botanist John Lindley in 1837 after the then new queen, and subsequently, the new species was named Victoria regia.

William Sharp, Victoria regia, in: by John Fisk Allen's "Victoria Regia"... (1854)

William Sharp, Victoria regia, in: by John Fisk Allen's "Victoria Regia"... (1854)

William Sharp, Victoria regia, in: by John Fisk Allen's "Victoria Regia"... (1854)

William Sharp, Victoria regia, in: by John Fisk Allen's "Victoria Regia"... (1854)

William Sharp, Victoria regia, in: by John Fisk Allen's "Victoria Regia"... (1854)
Source: Biodiversity Library via their Flickr

License: CC BY 2.0

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