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Thursday 29 January 2015


Nymphaeaceae is a family of flowering plants. Members of this family are commonly called water lilies and live as rhizomatous aquatic herbs in temperate and tropical climates around the world. The family contains eight large-flowered genera with about 70 species. The genus Nymphaea contains about 35 species in the Northern Hemisphere. The genus Victoria contains two species of giant water lilies endemic to South America.

Water lilies are rooted in soil in bodies of water, with leaves and flowers floating on the surface. The leaves are round, with a radial notch in Nymphaea and Nuphar, but fully circular in Victoria. Water lilies are a well studied clade of plants because their large flowers with multiple unspecialised parts were initially considered to represent the floral pattern of the earliest flowering plants, and later genetic studies confirmed their evolutionary position as basal angiosperms. Analyses of floral morphology and molecular characteristics and comparisons with a sister taxon, the family Cabombaceae, indicate, however, that the flowers of extant water lilies with the most floral parts are more derived than the genera with fewer floral parts.

Horticulturally water lilies have been hybridised for temperate gardens since the nineteenth century, and the hybrids are divided into three groups: Hardy, night-blooming tropical, and day-blooming tropical water lilies. Hardy water lilies are hybrids from the subgenus Castalia; night-blooming tropical water lilies are developed from the subgenus Lotos (L.) Carl Ludwig WilldenowWilld.; and the day-blooming tropical plants arise from hybridisation of plants of the Brachyceras Casp. subgenus.

The water-lily shown here is the hardy "Pink Ribbon" Nymphaea hybrid.

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  1. Waterlilies are really fascinating and lovely to take photos of.

  2. Whoa, this is taken very close up! Hope you didn't topple into the water by taking this:):)

    1. LOL! No, stayed dry, Jesh. Fortunately the pond had a generous cocnrete siding that allowed me to get in close.

  3. A fantastic photo of this wonderful flower.
    Best regards, Synnöve

  4. Good morning,
    I love water lilies and yours are beautiful colored!
    I wish you a nice friday

    Thanks if you visit my blog

  5. Of course a beautiful flower and photograph, as always, but I am particularly enjoying the brilliance of the sunlight. Thanks for hosting!

  6. Heisann! I once tried to let the red one grow in "our" pond, but failed...
    It is so beautiful!

  7. Your waterlily photographs are beautiful! Thank you so much for hosting.