It is an aquatic plant with floating leaves that can reach up to 2 meters in width. It grows in quiet waters that are rich in nutritious substances. The stem of the flower is spiny. The flowers, of an enormous size, are white or pink and emit an intense perfume. The fruit matures under the water and serves as food for the fish. The indians use it as if it were a grain. In Colombia it is found along the shores of the Amazon in the Trapezoid. It possibly exists along the shores of the Lower Putumayo.