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The Bull Head Water Lily (Nymphaeaceae Nuphar variegatum)

Another of our common aquatic plants (see, Pickerel Weed and Hat pins). The Bull Head Water Lily has a distinctive, yellow, cup-like flower, "which appear at a little distance like balls of gold floating on the still waters." The flowers, about 2" wide, have six petal-like sepals and numerous small, yellow, stamen-like petals; with in, are numerous stamens and pistils. The leaves: anywhere from 3"-15", and, of course, floating; heart shaped with V-shaped notch at base.

An image of the water lily, bull head

An image of the water lily, bull head (distant) An image of the water lily, bull head (close)

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Peter Landry

(2011)