Day Waterlily

Day Waterlily


Vital Statistics

Latin Name
Nymphaea Nouchali
Description
Aquatic plant with round, floating leaves split by a V-notch. These plants have underground stems which are firmly anchored to the mud under water by means of rather thick, spreading roots. The rhizome (underground stem) is 4 - 5 cm in diameter, black in colour and rather spongy. The leaves float on long, spongy stalks and are round with a deep notch or cut from the centre to the outer edge. The large flowers are carried on long stalks just above the surface of the water and may be white, yellow, blue or pink in colour and open only in sunshine, close at night and re-open the following morning. They have many pointed petals and are also scented. There are about 60 species of Waterlilies, but only one species is in South Africa, namely the Day Waterlily. Waterlilies are very showy plants.
Habitat
Occurs in pans, dams and pools in slow-flowing rivers. Grows in all provinces and also the Kruger National Park.
Fruit
After they have been pollinated by bees or beetles, the flowers are drawn back under water where the seeds ripen. The ripe seeds float and are dispersed by water currents. They rise to the surface, float for a while, and finally sink into the mud, where they germinate.



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