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Blue Waterlily

Nymphaea caerulea


Purple and yellow flower on top of stalks that rise above the flat, green and purple, round leaves. "The leaves are broadly rounded, 25–40 cm across, with a notch at the leaf stem. The flowers are 10–15 cm in diameter." - Wikipedia


Pond at Balboa Park. "Its original habitat may have been along the Nile and other locations in East Africa. It spread to other locations, however, already in ancient times, like the Indian Subcontinent and Thailand." - Wikipedia


Aka Egyptian Blue Lily or Sacred Blue Lily. "It was considered extremely significant in Egyptian mythology, since it was said to rise and fall with the sun. Consequently, due to its colourings, it was identified, in some beliefs, as having been the original container, in a similar manner to an egg, of Atum, and in similar beliefs Ra, both solar deities. As such, its properties form the origin of the lotus variant of the Ogdoad cosmogeny." - TrekNature

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Blue Waterlily
Nymphaea caerulea TrekNature | Nymphaea caerulea Photo


Thank you, kamansuji

kamansuji 6 years ago


Thank you Bernadette and thanks again for the ID Nuwan!

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 6 years ago

Just beautiful!

San Diego, California, USA

Lat: 32.73, Long: -117.15

Spotted on Jul 21, 2012
Submitted on Jul 23, 2012

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