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Sweet Water-lily

Nymphaea odorata

Description:

Floating, white flowers with many petals and long, yellow stamens. The plant is rooted from rhizomes, which give rise to smooth floating leaves that are covered with a waxy upper coating, which is water-repellent.

Habitat:

Spotted very early in the morning in a large pond next to a mixed forest.

Notes:

The flowers open each day and close again at night. Once the flowers get pollinated, the developing fruit gets pulled back underwater for maturation.

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Christine Y.
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Christine Y.

Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Jul 3, 2017
Submitted on Dec 15, 2017

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