Water Snowflake

Nymphoides indica

Nymphoides indica in Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed on ponds used for aquaculture, Eldoret, Kenya. July 2014.

This is a strictly aquatic plant growing in shallow water of ponds or swamps. The large heart-shaped leaves float on the water surface. White, five-petal flowers are borne on a stalk rising a few centimeters above the water surface. The petals have a unique fringe of hairs. N. indica is pantropical, i.e. it is found in tropical and subtropical fresh water around the world. Water-snowflake is a name acquired through the aquarium trade.

Menyanthaceae -- an Aquatic Plant Family

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Kenya Natural History

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