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Our native and most common yellow water-lily found in ponds and slow moving rivers.


 

Yellow Water-lily:the brandy glass

Post date: Wednesday, 21 September, 2016 - 21:31

It is not unusual to find water-lilies in ponds and more often than not they are white ones which have 'escaped' into the wild. The yellow water-lily (Nuphar lutea) however is different and not just because it is yellow! It is a native species and I think I am right in saying it is our only native water-lily. Secondly, it seems to be more often seen in slow moving rivers rather than in ponds and all of my observations have been from the River Stour in Dorset. Then, the flower heads are on stalks rather than resting on the water surface; this reduces the resistance to the moving water and so protects the flower. The petals on white water-lilies tend to open out forming a star but on the yellow lily the curve upwards cupping the central stamens and style

The plant apparently has a faint smell of brandy and with the upturned petals making a cup shaped this flowers is nicknamed the brandy glass. 


 

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Yellow Water-lily
Scientific Name Nuphar lutea
Family Water-lily family - Nymphaeaceae
Status Local
Interest Level
3
Species Family Aquatic Plants
Flower Colour Group Yellow
Visible
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
Preferred Environment
Look for Distinctive yellow flowers in lakes and slow moving rivers
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

This species is often found in these habitats:

Habitat(s) Relationship
FL: Lakes and reservoirs Associated
FS: Slow moving rivers Associated