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  • Writer's pictureStefan Ivanov

Water lillies

Updated: Feb 1, 2023

The water lily, also known as the water rose, with the Latin name Nymphaeaceae, are a family of angiosperm flowering plants, distributed in areas with a temperate and tropical climate.


A blooming water lily in the lake of the village of Panagyurski Kolonii

The name comes from the Greek word νυμφαια, nymphaia and the Latin nymphaea, which was inspired by the beauty of the nymphs of Greek and Roman mythology.



The family contains five genera with about 70 known species.


Цъфнала водна лилия в езерото на село Панагюрски колонии

Water lilies are aquatic perennial rhizomes. The leaves grow from the rhizome on long petioles and most float on the surface of the water.



The flowers emerge from the water or also float on the surface, and can open either during the day or at night.

Most often the petals are in shades of white, pink, red, blue or yellow. There are many stamens in the center of the flower.

Waterline colors are entomophilous, i.e. are pollinated by insects, often beetles.

The fruit of the water lily looks like a small stoneless fruit.


The water lilies in this post were taken at our favorite lake at Panagyurski kolonii.



I wish you an exceptional, relaxing, green, fresh and impressive walk!


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