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Indigenous to East & Southern Africa
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THE BLUE WATERLILY – Nymphaea nouchall
Groenland Safari’s/lodge, Tolwe, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Camera Nikon D50
Lens; Sigma 70-300mmDG
Tubers exposed on mudflats eaten by hippos, monkeys; collected in the shallows by local people, cooked as a vegetable.
Flowers visited by beatles, flies and bees.
Fruit eaten by Purple Gallinule.
Used in traditional medicine to treat coughs, colds and as love charms. Commonly cultivated in garden ponds.
Robust aquatic. In rivers, lakes and pools, South Africa, Tropical Africa to Egypt. Tuberous rhizome.