Fragrant Water Lily - White Water Lily
Nymphaea odorata - Aiton
Nymphaeaceae (Water Lily) Family


Plant is an aquatic perennial. Its preferred habitat is ponds, lakes and slow moving streams. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are floating; nearly round; stalked; one whole part with leaf base heart- shaped and attached to stem between lobes. Lower surface of leaf is reddish/purple.

The flower is at the end of a long stalk; solitary; bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form; four sepals and numerous petals that are white or pink; numerous stamens. Flowers occur in late spring and early summer.

Fruit is berry-like.

Several acres of the pink variety may be seen floating on the back waters of the Conecuh River along H-41 south of Brewton. The location is difficult to access by canoe, but their striking beauty is easily seen from the roadway. A related species, N. mexicana, has yellow flowers.

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