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White Waterlily - Nymphaea alba
Family - Nymphaeaceae
As a genus Nymphaea, waterlilies are hardy aquatic perennials native to most of the Northern Hemisphere, Australia and South Africa, they are locally widespread and common due to introduction, usually found on still or slow flowing water, with many hybrids derived from the wild species.
The White Waterlily roots in the silt of shallow ponds and lakes and has floating kidney shaped green leaves 20-30cm (8-12in) across, white flowers 15-25cm (6-10in) across of 20-25 white or white-pink petals appearing June to September, they only open in sunshine.
One of the flowers in Linnaeus' flower clock or Horologium Florae, White Waterlily occupies the 7 a.m. opening time, closing at 5 p.m.
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