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Spatterdock is among the most common aquatic plants in Florida. Many unfamiliar with spatterdock will call it a water lily, but it’s not. Water lilies have flowers that fully open, while spatterdock produces yellow flowers that look perpetually half-open, at best. They are open, but they just don’t look it.

The Seminoles allegedly had a saying: the White Man will leave Florida when the spatterdock opens up. Thing is, spatterdock, Nuphar lutea, never really opens up, at least not in the way other flowers do. And of course, there’s no sign that the White Man is about to vacate the state.

Source: Wild South Florida
Location: Lettuce Lake Park (Tampa)

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