Nymphaea (water lily) is a genus of hardy and tender aquatic plants in the family Nymphaeaceae. There are about 50 species in the genus, which has a cosmopolitan distribution. White-flowered waterlilies (of several species) are the national flower of Bangladesh.
The name Nymphaea comes from the Greek term "Νυμφαία", possibly related to "Νύμφη" meaning "nymph". The nymphs in Greek mythology were supernatural feminine beings associated with springs, so the application of the name to delicately flowered aquatic plants is understandable. Despite its common name "water lily" (water-lily, waterlily), Nymphaea is not related to the true lily, Lilium.
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Water lilies have always inspired me, the way they reach, reach, reach up to the surface and produce such delicate beauty! Thanks for hosting Floral Friday Fotos!ReplyDelete
That's a beautiful capture of the water lily!ReplyDelete
I'm just caught up on your past posts. So much beauty in these images. Water lilies were called Little Sally Saucers....sitting in the water, by us kids growing up.There were many of them in a river by our cabin and I always loved seeing them. Your photo is lovely.ReplyDelete
Wonderful! The colors alone are a stunner!ReplyDelete