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A water lily in a small fish pond. I waived my rule not to publish pictures of plants as tight framing. I hope that nobody will object to the publication of this picture.

This aquatic plant can reach two meters in height and thrives in backwaters, backwaters of rivers and lakes. From a strong strain rooted in the background, pushing leaves with long petioles limbo float to the surface. The leaves are large, more or less heart-shaped, rounded, entire, leathery, with well-marked lobes. The calyx consists of four sepals, corolla of petals over forty. The stamens are numerous and come with yellow anthers; nets internal stamens are linear, those very broad outer stamens. Stamens surround the pistil which completely yellow stigma over twenty lobes. The white water lily is aphrodisiac.

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