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Photo courtesy of Jessica Helmbold, Patuxent NWR.

Water lily

Scientific name
Nymphaea odorata
Plant Family
Plant Group
Water lilies can be found in many ponds. They have large and colorful lotus-like flowers that deer eat. The leaves are bright green, circular and have a small notch in them. The leaves float flat on the water surface with a long stem tethering them to the pond bottom.
Identification Hints

Water lilies can be found in many ponds. They have large and colorful lotus-like flowers that deer eat. The leaves are bright green, circular and have a small notch in them. The leaves float flat on the water surface with a long stem tethering them to the pond bottom.

Did You Know?

The Water lily flowers open during the day and close at night. Once they are pollinated, the fruit gets pulled back down under the water where it matures into a leather, berry-like oval capsule.

States
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