Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of plants long known as Nuphar, of the order Nymphæaceæ and the suborder Nymphææ, distinguished by the numerous carpels being wholly immersed in and consolidated with the thick receptacle. The numerous yellow stamens and stamen-like petals are densely imbricated around the ovary; the few sepals are thick and roundish, making a rather globular flower. The leaves are peltate with a deep sinus, floating or emersed, and, with the one-flowered scapes, arise from a perennial rootstock creeping in bottom-mud. See water-lily, beaverroot, brandy-bottle, clote. 2, pond-lily, and spatter-dock.
- n. A genus including the white water-lilies: long known under this name, now rightly replaced by the older name Castalia. It belongs to the order Nymphæaceæ. and the suborder Nymphææ, and is marked by the carpels being more or less immersed in the receptacle, the numerous petals and the stamens into which they gradually pass becoming inwardly more and more adnate to the receptacle about the carpels. See water-lily, nenuphar, pond-lily, and lotus. (See also
- n. Plural of nymphæum.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of aquatic plants having showy flowers (white, blue, pink, or yellow, often fragrant), including the white water lily and the Egyptia lotus.
- n. the type genus of the family Nymphaeaceae; any of a variety of water lilies
“The Sangha rock pool depressions support aquatic plants such as Nymphaea maculata, Najas graminea, Ottelia ulvaefolia, Cyperus sp.,”
“Dominated by soft rush (Juncus effusus) and fragrant water lily (Nymphaea odorata) is Lily Pond, an example of an intact urban ecosystem, located in Blue Heron Park, Staten Island.”
“It has mats of water lily Nymphaea alba and bushes of goat willow Salix caprea, grey willow S. cinerea and purple osier S. purpurea.”
“There are also water lilies Nymphaea alba and Nuphar luteus and Stratiodes alloides.”
“To illustrate the point, the above hardy waterlily, Nymphaea ‘Helvola’ was blooming its heart out and we nearly missed it.”
“Shown above is one of two blooms this whole year for the pond waterlily, Nymphaea pygmaea ‘Helvola’.”
“Nymphaea caerulea – Egyptian blue lily, Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin, Texas, 2007.”
“Nymphaea caerulea by David Collins — Egyptian blue lily, Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin, Texas, 2007.”
“I voted for Nymphaea; nice photo and a very nice lily. chgo_liz”
“Nymphaea caerulea, the Egyptian blue Lily, by David Collins.”
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