Scientifically, not a Lily; not a Lotus either
Fall water lily leaves And the mountains reflect between them...
Beautiful water-lilies are not
lilies in the botanical sense of the word. They belong to two closely related geni, Nymphaea
(the flowers of virgin nymphs!), and Nuphar
, after a Greek name for the yellow pond-lily. In fact until very recently, the botanists thought there was just one species in the whole Nuphar genus, the common European yellow Nuphar lutea
. These days they tend to agree that American yellow water-lilies belong to a number of distinct species ... they just can't decide exactly how many species!
There is a number of beautiful photographs of Nymphaeceae
on SP already, but so few pictures captured the mountains
reflecting amidst the water lilies! We are definitely looking for more pictures to add.