Botany Photo of the Day will have brief written entries on weekends, holidays and my vacations from April through September. – Daniel
Thanks again to Wayne of the UK (aka WLA@Flickr) for sharing one of his great photographs (BPotD Flickr Group Pool | original). If you haven’t visited it recently, drop by Wayne’s weblog, Earth, Wind &Water, to see some of Wayne’s other photos (including underwater critters!).
Most references for blue water lily will offer a scientific name of Nymphaea capensis, but it seems a bit of reorganization in the genus has resulted in Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea being favoured as the correct name. The South Africa National Biodiversity Institute has an extensive factsheet on this taxon.