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European White Water Lily Nymphaea alba
2014-01-14 15:02:34

Nymphaea alba is a flowering plant species. This aquatic species may also be referred to as the European white waterlily, the White lotus, the White water rose or simply, Nenuphar. The plant belongs to the Nymphaeaceae family and can be found in fresh water throughout Europe, North America and parts of the Middle East. N. alba prefers large lakes or ponds, typically growing in water anywhere...

Small Yellow Pond Lily Nuphar pumila
2014-01-14 14:42:07

Nuphar pumila is commonly referred to as the Small yellow pond-lily. It is an aquatic, perennial plant in the Nymphaeaceae family. The species is also known as the dwarf water lily, due to the fact that it is the dwarf species of Nuphar lutea. It is important to note however, while N. lutea has a star-shaped form of the stigma disc and the undersides of its leaves are glabrous, N. pumila has a...

Yellow Pond Lily Nuphar polysepala
2014-01-14 14:30:44

Nuphar polysepala is commonly known as the yellow pond-lily. It is a species of Nuphar, native to western North America. The genus name "Nuphar" is Greek for "water-lily", while "polysepala" means many sepals. N. polysepala can be recognized fairly easily by its large floating leaves and bright yellow blossoms. Its leaves float on the water’s surface and contain an external waxy coating...

 Yellow Water Lily Nuphar lutea
2014-01-14 14:14:34

Nuphar lutea is commonly referred to as the Brandy Bottle or Yellow water lily. It is an aquatic plant and a member of the Nymphaeacae family. N. lutea is native to temperate regions of Europe, northwest Africa, and western Asia. N. lutea grows in shallow water and wetlands. Its roots attach to the sediment while its leaves float on the surface. This plant can grow in water up to 16 feet...

Foxnut Euryale ferox
2014-01-13 16:54:10

Euryale ferox is a flowering plant commonly known as the Foxnut. It is the only species in the genus Euryale. The plant is classified in the water lily family known as Nymphaeacae, although it is sometimes regarded in its own distinct family: Euryalaceae. E. ferox grows in water and produces bright purple flowers. It has large and round leaves that often measure more than 3 feet in diameter....

2014-01-12 10:53:55

Epimedium is a genus of flowering plants. This genus belongs to the Berberidaceae family. There are around 50 species. Some common names of Epimedium are barrenwort, bishop's hat, fairy wings, horny goat weed, rowdy lamb herb, randy beef grass or yin yang huo. All species of Epimedium are herbaceous perennials. They grow from an underground rhizome. Their growth habits, however, vary...

2014-01-12 09:42:21

Mahonia is a genus of evergreen shrub made up of approximately 70 different species. The genus belongs to the Berberidaceae family. Species of this plant genus range greatly from Asia, the Himalaya, North America and Central America. Conflicting opinions on the “Mahonia” classification exist because several plants in this genus are able to hybridize with plants in the genus Berberis....

Mayapple Podophyllum peltatum
2014-01-12 08:01:32

Podophyllum peltatum is a plant species belonging to the Berberidaceae family. The species may also be referred to as Mayapple, Hogapple, Indian apple, Mayflower, Umbrella plant, Wild lemon, Wild mandrake, American mandrake or Devil’s apple. The Podophyllum peltatum is an herbaceous perennial plant, meaning its leaves and stems die down at the end of growing season but the plant as a whole...

Greater Celandine Chelidonium majus
2014-01-12 07:16:55

Chelidonium majus is an herbaceous plant species. This species is the sole plant that makes up the Chelidonium genus. C. majus is a perennial plant, meaning it typically survives longer than 2 years. The species is native to Europe and western Asia and has recently been cultivated in North America. The species may also be referred to as the Greater celandine or Tetterwort. C. majus stands...

Cyclamen repandum
2014-01-10 14:51:48

Cyclamen repandum is a flowering plant species. The species is a member of the Myrsinaceae family. The name “repandum” is derived from the Latin word, meaning “bent back”. This name refers to the flower’s petals. C. repandum plants can be found in southern Europe and scattered throughout the Mediterranean Islands, specifically in southeastern France, Italy, and Serbia and on...

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  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.