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Nymphaea


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(water lilies; family Nymphaeaceae)

A genus of perennial, aquatic plants, found in shallow water, that have large rhizomes and peltate or cordate, usually floating leaves. The flowers are solitary, with green or coloured sepals, and 3 to many petals. The ovary is half-inferior, and the seeds have an aril. The flowers are often pollinated by beetles. Many species are cultivated, and the seeds and rhizomes can be eaten. There are 35 species, found in temperate and tropical regions of the world.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.


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