Wild Florida Photo - Nymphaea elegans

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Nymphaea elegans


Florida native


An occasional water-lily of ponds, ditches and cypress swamps, mostly in counties along the peninsula's western coast, inland into Hendry County plus Duval County in northeast Florida.
The solitary flowers are held above the water and may superficially appear white, but on closer inspection can be seen to be tinted with blue or violet. The circular leaves have deep rounded notches. The upper surface of the leaves are green and the underside is purple.

Nymphaea elegans is a member of the Nymphaeaceae - Water-lily family.

Other species of the Nymphaea genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Nymphaea ordorata - AMERICAN WHITE WATERLILY
  View  Nymphaea mexicana - YELLOW WATER LILY

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