It is a flowering plant classified in the water lily family, Nymphaeaceae, although it is occasionally regarded as a distinct family Euryalaceae.The leaves are large and round, often more than a meter (3 feet) across, with a leaf stalk attached in the center of the lower surface. The underside of the leaf is purplish, while the upper surface is green. The leaves have a quilted texture, although the stems, flowers, and leaves which float on the surface are covered in sharp prickles. Other leaves are submerged. It has a pretty violet colored flower but it was not visible at the moment of the spotting. the flowers open during the day but often under water.
Euryale is an annual plant native to eastern Asia, and is found from [[India]- found in Loktak Lake Manipur ( local name - thangzing)] to Korea and Japan, as well as parts of eastern Russia. In India, Euryale normally grows in ponds, wetlands etc.