Nymphaea


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Nymphaea

 

a genus of aquatic plants of the family Nymphaeaceae. They are perennial grasses with rhizomes and leathery, long-petioled, cordate leaves. The leaves have reddish undersides and float on the surface of the water. The flowers are solitary, large, and on long stalks; they generally have four green sepals and numerous petals of various colors. The fruit is globose, fleshy, with many seeds. There are more than 40 species distributed throughout the world; three species are found in the USSR. The European white water lily (Nymphaea alba) and the species N. Candida form clusters in lakes, ponds, and slow-moving rivers. The young rhizomes can be eaten after they are boiled or roasted. The pygmy water lily (N. tetragona), which has edible seeds and leaf buds, is less common. All three species are cultivated as ornamentals.

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Both Nelumbo nucifera and Nymphaea pubescens can be found growing in water bodies, which may be village ponds, marshy lands, or ditches.
Carlos, who has a track record of bringing the rarest and most difficult plants back from the brink, took on the challenge of learning the secrets of successfully propagating Nymphaea thermarum over many months.
The blue lotus, Nymphaea caerulea, was the sacred flower of Ancient Egypt, its blue petals symbolising the sky and its yellow centre the sun.
7) During the Roman period, Salamis, Nea Paphos, Soli, Curium and Amathous were cities fully equipped with the usual public spaces of agora, theatre, nymphaea, baths, sanctuaries, colonnaded streets, and private residences, and would have stood comparison with any major city in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Water Lily, Nymphaea `Gonnere' - This one is nick-named `The Snowball' and is a choice white with double flowers that never quite open, giving the impression of snowballs floating in the water.
TO get the best from nymphaea (water lilies), ensure you pick the right plant for your pond.
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While Nymphaea is known from leaves and rhizomes from Sonoma, California; Trapper Creek and Weiser, Idaho; Buffalo Canyon, Eastgate, Esmeralda, and Middlegare, Nevada; and Mascall, Stinking W ater, Succor Creek, and Trout Creek, Oregon It is distinguished by oval leaf scars along the rhizomes and cordate or offcentered peltare, orbicular to ovate leaves, with a faint midrib and weakly pinnate to radial venation.
A good assemblage of the uncharred fruits and seeds of aquatic species (Potamogeton (pondweed), Nuphar lutea (yellow water-lily), Nymphaea alba (white water-lily), Hippuris vulgaris (mare's tail), Sparganium erectum (bur-reed), Eleocharis multicaulis/palustris (spike-rush) and Elatine hydropiper (waterwort)) was recovered amongst the otherwise charred debris from one of these hearths.
The little girls have become big girls, and their anatomy can now show the world its metaphorical and semantic correspondences with "the grand genre of Nymphaea.