WATER-LILY (FRINGED)

Nymphoides peltata

(Formerly: Nymphoides peltatus)
Bogbean Family [Menyanthaceae]  

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status
statusZnative
flower
flower8yellow
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
type
typeZfringed
stem
stem8round
rarity
rarityZscarce

12th August 2005, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, around Aintree. Photo: © RWD
A carpet of yellow interrupted only by the passage of narrow boats


12th August 2005, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, around Aintree. Photo: © RWD
The single flowers are held about 9cm above the water level on stalks.


20th July 2013, Leeds & L/pool Canal, Bootle, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD


12th August 2005, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, around Aintree. Photo: © RWD
Fresh leaves


12th August 2005, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, around Aintree. Photo: © RWD
Older leaves have a different crimped appearance around the edges.


12th August 2005, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, around Aintree. Photo: © RWD
A tangled mass of stems arising from the shallow depths.


12th August 2005, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, around Aintree. Photo: © RWD


12th August 2005, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, around Aintree. Photo: © RWD


27th June 2005, on the Rochdale Canal, near Castleton. Photo: © RWD
Note the frayed (fringed) appearance of the petals


2nd July 2011, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Waterloo. Photo: © RWD
Water plants soon become bedraggled, this is the best specimen the Author has seen for no rain has occurred since the flower emerged less than three weeks ago.


2nd July 2011, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Waterloo. Photo: © RWD
Showing the unusual, long, angled and tapering anthers.


20th July 2013, Leeds & L/pool Canal, Bootle, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
The sepals number five, are long and tapering with small blackish flecks.


20th July 2013, Leeds & L/pool Canal, Bootle, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
Petals frayed with fine irregular teeth.


Distinguishing Feature : Ragged and frayed appearance of the yellow petals

No relation to : Yellow Water-Lily [a plant with similar name]

Please note that Fringed Water-Lily does not belong to the Water-Lily Family [Nymphaeaceae].

Fringed Water-lily is an aquatic plant that grows well in shallow fresh-water like canals and ponds or slow moving streams. It differs from true water-lilies in that the flowers are smaller and that they are projecting above water level on short three inch stalks. Also in that it has five petals which are frayed or fringed around the periphery. The leaves float on water, from which long stems dangle. The leaves are normally oval in appearance with a shiny appearance from above, sometimes with purple spots, and purple below. The periphery of the leaves are usually sleek but can sometimes have slightly cusped edges with brownish water-marks.

It is a frequent summer carpeter of long stretches of the Leeds and Liverpool canal between Haskayne, Lydiate, Maghull, Aintree and Bootle, and also shorter stretches of the Rochdale Canal around Castleton. It is increasing, possibly due to discards by pond gardeners.

The five yellow petals are not nearly as heavily frayed or fringed as those of its' only other family member, Bogbean.


  Nymphoides peltata  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Menyanthaceae  

Distribution
family8Bogbean family8Menyanthacaea

 BSBI maps
genus8Nymphoides
Nymphoides
(Fringed Water-lily)

WATER-LILY (FRINGED)

Nymphoides peltata

(Formerly: Nymphoides peltatus)
Bogbean Family [Menyanthaceae]  

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