Fragrant Water Lily, Nymphaea odorata
N. odorata prefers shallow lakes and ponds; slow moving waters allow the plant to flourish. The species can be found throughout Canada, North America and Central America.
The species roots itself at the bottom of the pond or stream. Long petioles connect the plant to the water’s surface, where its smooth, green leaves rest on the water. The top side of the plant’s leaves produce a wax film to protect its leaves from tearing and to repel water. N. odorata’s flowers sit atop the leaves and float. The flowers have many white petals and have bright yellow stamens at its center. As with most Nypmphaea species, the flower blooms each morning and closes up again at night. The flowers also give off a strong, sweet smell.
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