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Of what appeared to be an artichoke plant discarded in the lake while the water was receding in late Summer now, this turns out to be a probable water lily or fresh-water aquatic plant. There were a couple of others laying on the shoreline. No root system or attachment of any type. Bright purple fibrous blooms which almost felt rubbery to the touch, attracting many bees.
Fresh water lake bank.
Spotted on Aug 21, 2011
Submitted on Aug 22, 2011