The Nymphaea lukei

August 8, 2020

This is the showy flower of a rare species of water lily, Nymphaea lukei, known only from a small area of the north Kimberley wilderness in northern Australia. While many people would know water lillies for their beautiful flowers, did you know that some species deliberately poison the insects that come to pollinate them, and others produce petals that are hallucinogenic if eaten (we don’t advocate trying this at home!)?_
Photo: the brilliant Adam Cross