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WHITE WATER-LILY Nymphaea alba (Nymphaeaceae) Aquatic. Water plant, conspicuous when its large, floating leaves are visible (they die back in winter). Grows in still or slow-flowing freshwater to a depth of 3m. FLOWERS are 15-20cm across, fragrant and comprise 20-25 white or pinkish white petals that open fully only in bright sunshine; borne on stalks just above surface of the water (Jun-Aug). FRUITS are globular, green and warty. LEAVES are 10-30cm across, rounded and floating, the upper surface water repellent. STATUS-Widespread and locally common.
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