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Hairy water lily

Nymphaea pubescens


The hairy water lily is an aquatic plant having erect perennial rhizomes or rootstocks that anchor it to the mud in the bottom. The rhizomes produce slender stolons. Its leave blades are round above the water and heart-shaped below 15–26(–50) cm, papery, abaxially densely pubescent. Some of the leaves that emerge rise slightly above the water held by their stem in lotus fashion, but most of them just float on the surface. The floating leaves have undy edges that make a crenellate effect.


This plant is common in shallow lakes and ponds throughout temperate and tropical Asia: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Yunnan, Taiwan, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia. It is also found in northeastern Australia and Papua New Guinea.

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Ashish 10 years ago
हिमानी, White Lotus
Nymphaea pubescens

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Haora, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Aug 3, 2011
Submitted on Aug 3, 2011

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