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Yellow Waterlily - Nymphaea lutea
Family - Nymphaeaceae
As a genus Nymphaea, water-lilies are hardy aquatic perennials native to most of the Northern Hemisphere, Australia and South Africa, they are locally widespread (except N. Scotland for N. lutea ) and common on still or slow flowing water, with many hybrids derived from the wild species.
N. lutea , the Yellow Waterlily is rooted in the silt of shallow ponds and lakes and has floating oval shaped green leaves up to 40cm (16in) across. Yellow flowers 50-60mm (2-2.4in) across that are carried on stalks appearing June to September. It is listed as a National Surveillance Plant Pest in New Zealand.
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