This water lily supports the weight of a person

Girl sitting on leaf pad of Victoria Amazonica water lily

The leaf pad of Victoria amazonica, a genus of water-lilies in the plant family Nymphaeaceae, has a diameter of over 8 feet on a stalk up to 20 feet in length. The leaves emerge as prickly shells and then unfurl at a rate of as much as 1 foot per day. Fully open, they can support the weight of a small person.