White waterlily (Nymphaea odorata rosea)

loiteke

Joined September 2008

Artist's Description

Dedicated to my lovely Daughter, who loves music. Waterlily is like music, isnt it.

Edited in Tone mapping

Golden sand

I stay in the middle of roar
In the middle of racked beach
Holding on my hand
Grains from golden sand

How many still creeping
Sinks through fingers
Oo, when can I sweep
When can I sweep them

Can I surrender
Grasp them for myself
Oo God, can I surrender
One from them from the trap

Nymphaea odorata have an interesting pollination strategy. Each white or pink flower has many petals surrounding both male and female reproductive parts, and is only open during the daytime for three days. On the first morning, the flowers produce a fluid in the cup-like center and are receptive to pollen from other flowers. However, they are not yet releasing pollen themselves. Pollen-covered insects are attracted by the sweet smell, but the flower is designed so that when they enter the flower, they fall into the fluid. This washes the pollen off their bodies and onto the stigmas causing fertilization. Usually the insects manage to crawl out of the fluid and live to visit other flowers, but occasionally the unfortunate creature will remain trapped and die when the flower closes during the afternoon. On the second and the third days, the flowers are no longer receptive to pollen, and no fluid is produced. Instead, pollen is released from the stamens. Visiting insects pick up the pollen and transport it to flowers in the first day of the flowering cycle. After the three days the flowers are brought under water by coiling their stalks. The seeds mature under water and after several weeks are released into the water. Water currents or ducks, which eat the seeds, distribute them to other areas.
Nymphaea odorata was utilized in many ways by Native Americans

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