Dwarf Water Lily, Nymphaea leibergii

Nymphaea leibergii is an aquatic plant species. The flowering water lily is also referred to as the Dwarf water lily or Leiberg’s water lily. The species was discovered by John Bernhard Leiberg, a Swedish-American botanist and plant collector, as honored by its classification and common names.

N. leibergii belongs to the Nymphaeaceae family. The species can be found in slow moving streams and ponds across North America. Maine and Minnesota both list the plant as threatened and the species is protected in both states.

N. leibergii roots itself far below the water’s surface. The plant’s unbranched rhizomes connect its smooth petitoles finally reaching the surface with its floating leaves. N. leibergii’s leaves typically grow between 5.9 to 7.5 inches. Atop the leaves sits a large white flower with many yellow stamens at its center. The flower blooms during the daytimes and close up in the night hours.

Image Caption: Dwarf water lily (Nymphaea leibergii). Credit: Superior National Forest/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.0)