Synonym: Nyphaea tuberosa
Other names: White Pond-lily, Fragrant Waterlily
When someone thinks about a water-lily, probably this image of white water-lily (Nyphaea odorata) comes to mind. It has the large, floating, and round leaf with the split and the gorgeous and fragrant flower. They also may imagine a fine green frog sitting on the lily, although frogs rarely do that, they would become an easy meal if the did. White water-lily has that typical lily pad look, Spatterdock, as leaves that are more oval with a globe shaped flower and the American Lotus’s leaves usually stand out of the water on is stalk.
The large flower (9-20 cm) of the white water-lily smells as wonderful as it looks. The smell is there to attract its pollinators are many and include bubble bees (Bumbus) and Honey Bees (Apis mellifera)