The biological name of this flower is Nymphaea shapla.
The plant has very pretty violet flowers. The edges of these flowers are red in color. White, mauve and fuchsia colored petals are also seen.
Waterlily has about 13 to 15 petals. There are also four to five sepals. The petals are slightly angular which is why they appear star0shaped when viewed from above.
Waterlily is the national flower of Bangladesh. Two species of the flower are most common in the country.
The plant is native to Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and Australia.
Waterlily is a non viviparous plant. Its roots and stems are submerged in water. Some of the leaves are submerged while the others are above the surface. The upper part of the leaves is green in color while the lower part is darker. The flower is a symbol of purity and virtue. There are many instances of the flower being mentioned in the Sanskrit literature.
Water Lily is commonly used in the Indian region for treatment of indigestion. It was a part of Ayurveda medicine. The dried up parts of the plant are used as animal forage.
The flower is used as art throughout Asia. Some people grow it in ponds for the décor of the pond. In Srilanka, these flowers are used for decoration during traditional festivals.