Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Water lilies are classified under the genus Nymphaea and plant family Nymphaeaceae. About 70 different species of water lilies have been recorded. The flowers may be white, pink or violet in colour. There has not been much study done on the medicinal use of the plants.
These pictures were taken from a pond at UNIMAS east campus in Kota Samarahan, Sarawak. Shown here are plants with white, pink or with violet flowers.
The leaves float just above the water surface. The upper surface of the leaves is water repellent. During hot weather or during the afternoon, fish may take refuge under the spreading leaves.
The presence of lilies gives a pleasant sight to otherwise dull-looking pond. It sure generates interest to walk around the pond.