Nymphaea odorata or American White Waterlily (Pt. 2)
In a previous post, a bud of the American White Waterlily was peaking through its large lily pads getting ready to open. This photo was taken the next day. Still, the bud was not entirely ready to awake from it's long climb.
These flowers are produced on long flowering stalks, which develop from the rootstock. Each stalk is unbranched and bears a single floating flower at its apex. Once the flower bud reaches the waters surface it begins to open. Slowly, but surely.