Mexican Water Lily, Nymphaea mexicana

The Nymphaea mexicana is a flowering plant species. The aquatic species may also be referred to as the Yellow water lily, the Mexican water lily or the Banana water lily. N. mexicana is a member of the Nymphaeaceae family.

The plant can be found in the southern US and Mexico. In some cases Nymphaea mexicana has been introduced to non-native, wetland areas out of its normal range and it has been known to invade that ecosystem. The plant may be cultivated for its attractive qualities and ornamental properties.

N. mexicana roots itself at the bottom of the pond, stream, marsh, shallow waterway or canal. It has thick, long rhizomes and stolons with tiny yellow roots that reach up to the water’s surface. Atop the water rests the lily pads or leaves, typically green in coloration with patterned purple or brown vein-like lines. Floating above the water, the plant produces yellow flowers with green sepals at its center. The plant produces seeds below the water; its seeds are stored in the plants green berries.

Image Caption: Mexican water lily (Nymphaea mexicana). Credit: Mirko Hartig/Wikipedia (GNUL version 1.2)