Fragrant Water Lily



Nymphaea odorata¹

Ok. I have been busy for a few days, including a badly needed evening getting shitfaced with friends and family. Good times. However, I do feel I am due for another blog post about nature.

Today, I will be discussing a common attractive flower found in many ponds and slow moving streams in the region¹, the Fragrant Water Lily. If you go to a pond or swampy area, chances are you will find them, lots of them, for they are quite abundant,² and quite the pleasant sight – but usually only in the morning or around noonish. ² Come in the evening, you will see the plant, but no flowers. Not sure why.

These guys are also well adapted to their environment. Their stems act as straws to bring air to the roots and other submerged parts of the plant.²  Also the top of the leaf is water resistant, so it can collect the air it needs without getting flooded and killing the plant.² And although it is so well adapted, they belong to one of the first families of flowering plants to evolve,³ so I guess they are doing something right. Pretty impressive, huh?

¹ ¹Elliman, Ted and Wildflower Society of New England “Wildflowers of New England” 2016 Timber Press Inc. Portland OR  pg 129

²Theriet, John W. (revising author) Neiring, William, A. and Olmstead, Nancy C. “National Audubon Society Field Guild to Wildflowers” 2003. Chanticleer Press New York, pg 642

³ Author unknown,  “Nymphaea odorata” Wikipedia. 19Jun2016

Photo Credit: Me



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