Flowers in Sweden: White Water-Lily

Nymphaea alba, SE: Vit näckros, DE: Weiße Seerose,
NL: Witte waterlelie, UK: White Water Lily

Scientific name:  Nymphaea alba L.
Swedish name:  Vit näckros, sjöblad; sydnäckros, nordnäckros
German name:  Weiße Seerose
Nederlandse naam:  Witte waterlelie
English name:  White Water-Lily
Plant Family:  Nymphaeaceae, Water-lily family, Näckrosväxter

Sweden wildflowers
Location: Hammarstrand

Life form:  Geophyte
Stems:  Underwater stem, which is buried in the mud and sends down rootlets for anchorage; length of an underwater stem equal to the length of its petiole
Leaves:  Rosette, entire, long, roundish or oval, long-stalked; dark green and glossy above, reddish-brown below.
Flowers:  White, Regular, bowl shaped, 5–12 cm wide. Ca. 20 white or, rarely, red petals and four sepals. The receptacle tapers abruptly towards the flower stalk. The anthers are deep yellow. The pistil is of several fused carpels.
Flowering Period:  June-August
Fruits:  Develop under water; fleshy berry that resembles a capsule; when the seeds are ripe and released they rice back to the surface.
Habitat:  Fresh water

Nymphaea alba, Vit näckros, Weiße Seerose, Witte waterlelie, White Water-Lily, Nymphaeaceae, Water-lily family, Näckrosväxter
Location: Hammarstrand


Derivation of the botanical name:
Nymphaea from the Greek term "Νυμφαία", possibly related to "Νύμφη" meaning "nymph". The nymphs in Greek and Roman mythology were supernatural feminine, attractive and playful water nymphs of the same habitat.
alba, "white".
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

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