Thursday, November 13, 2008

100 Species Challenge -- Species #31

Specimen #31 White Water Lily

Nymphaea odorata

Photo by me, Long Lake, WI

This plant likes still, shallow water. You can recognize it by the nearly round leaf. I say nearly because you can see a slit that goes almost to the center. It is native to the northeastern United States.

At www.nativetech.org I read that the roots of the white water lily were used by the Chippewa for a sore mouth. Additionally, "[t]he smoke from the rootstock is believed to repel crickets."

1 comment:

~Sara said...

If only I would have known this for my cricket problem!