Monday, December 29, 2014

American White Waterlily

American White Waterlily Nymphaea odorata
American White Waterlily
Nymphaea odorata

The American White Waterlily is a delightful plant of the lakes of northeast Indiana.  Its genus and family name (Nymphaeaceae) refer to the nymphs of Greek mythology.  Nymphs were supernatural feminine beings associated with springs; typically depicted as young attractive girls dressed in white. So, it's easy to see how taxonomists were able to associate them with the waterlilies.

Waterlilies are pretty and fun to photograph.

The leaves float on the surface of the water.

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