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Rare flower stolen from botanical garden in London

Rare Water Lily Stolen From Botanical Garden In London

Police in London are searching for whoever stole one of the world's rarest plants from a botanical garden.

An unknown thief made off with an African water lily informally known as the pygmy Rwandan water lily from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

Garden officials noticed it was missing Thursday and called authorities.

The small plant is almost extinct in the wild and Kew gardens is one of only two places that houses it.

Authorities believe the thief dug it out or pulled it from the temperature-controlled mud that it needs to survive. It's small size might have made it easier to sneak out of the garden.

The water lily's flower barely grows bigger than a fingernail and it's lily pads can measure as little as one centimeter.

The plant was first discovered in the 1980s in Rwanda - the only known location in the wild.

Although a few more have been found in that area, it's still considered to be on the brink of extinction.

The Kew Gardens website explains there is no common name for the plant because of its rarity. An investigation is underway.

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dave1marine January 16 2014 at 8:14 PM

It's so rare they didn't even have a photo of the poor little thing? Did they recieve a ransom note?

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flbob January 16 2014 at 1:08 PM

I apologize, the I got it with the weedeater by mistake.

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markkreutzer January 16 2014 at 5:10 AM

If it is so rare why was it not placed in a more secure area?

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purpledoves69 January 16 2014 at 2:48 AM

Don't they have security cameras? I would think that they would so people won't pick flowers too, just in case. I am sure this person knew what this plant was and hope he has not killed it in transport. Sad that people are like this and ruin things that are there for ALL to enjoy. Now they will start to have screenings or bars so you can't get close to the plants and alarms if you step into an area too close and such. Some people ruin things in life when it should be easy, rotten of them.

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rjc1298 January 16 2014 at 1:37 AM

Maybe a bird ate it... or a royal water turtle......

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markkreutzer January 16 2014 at 5:13 AM

Those Royal Water Turtles are some sneaky mofos!

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LILYANNE January 16 2014 at 1:34 AM

IF THEY DO NOT KNOW HOW RARE IT IS, OR HOW TO KEEP IT ALIVE, IT PROBABLY WILL NOT SURVIVE.

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philsun73 January 16 2014 at 1:30 AM

It's a flower. How much jail time can you get for picking a flower?

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philsun73 January 16 2014 at 1:31 AM

You'd probably get more time for stealing a Rare Steak, than you would a Rare Flower.

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nxston08 January 16 2014 at 1:27 AM

They haven't grown a crops of new plants since 1980?

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Vernalisa January 15 2014 at 9:34 PM

Big award is needed to get it back.That is awful I wonder if the person who stole it know the valve ?

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therhiamon January 15 2014 at 7:50 PM

they say lotus eaters get alittle crazed~

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