White Water-lily - Nymphaea alba

    Description

    Leaves circular in outline, the basal lobes parallel or diverging, all floating. Flowers white with a male of pale yellow anthers 10 to 20 cm held at water level and with 20 or more petals. Fragrant and with rounded buds.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Lakes and ponds, slow moving rivers and still water rooting in muddy bottoms to a depth of 3 metres.

    When to see it

    July and August.

    Life History

    Perennial, sometimes planted.

    UK Status

    Widespread but occasional in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 15 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map