Wild Florida Photo - Nymphaea elegans - Tropical royalblue waterlily

Nymphaea elegans

Tropical royalblue waterlily

Florida native

Collier Co. FL 10/04/02

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An occasional water-lily of ponds, ditches and cypress swamps, mostly in counties along the peninsula's western coast, inland into Hendry County plus Duval County in northeast Florida.
The solitary flowers are held above the water and may superficially appear white, but on closer inspection can be seen to be tinted with blue or violet. The circular leaves have deep rounded notches. The upper surface of the leaves are green and the underside is purple.


Nymphaea elegans is a member of the Nymphaeaceae - Water-lily family.

Other species of the Nymphaea genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  Nymphaea mexicana - YELLOW WATER LILY
  Nymphaea ordorata - AMERICAN WHITE WATERLILY

Date record last modified: Aug 07, 2016

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