from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. A genus of aquatic plants having showy flowers (white, blue, pink, or yellow, often fragrant), including the white water lily and the Egyptia lotus.
from The 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.
- n. A genus including the white water-lilies: long known under this name, now rightly replaced by the older name Castalia.
- n. Plural of nymphæum.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the type genus of the family Nymphaeaceae; any of a variety of water lilies
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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.