the lifecycle of a lilypad in pictures

One thing I love about Thailand is all the beautiful tropical flowers and plants you can see. Close to where I live is a beautiful botanical garden with many interesting plants. It has a section on water plants like lotus flowers and my favorite, the lily pad! In French we call this plant “le nenuphare”.

Here is a young lilypad just coming out of the water:

nenuphare

Here it is starting to unfurl. It seems to already be its adult size, just all crinkled up, because you can see in the center it’s all folded up, whereas in the adult plant (next picture) you can see the center is smooth. Isn’t that interesting?

nenuphare

Here is the mature plant. Isn’t it cool how it is curled up at the edge? It looks like a big green plate!

nenuphare

And here is the plant when it starts to decay. Notice how in its decay you can see the underlying structure of the leaf?

nenuphare

What is *your* favorite plant?

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