NYMPHAEACEAE - Water Lily Family

Perennial aquatic herbs with large rhizomes

Leaves alternate, floating, pinnately veined, long-petiolate, peltate

Flowers axillary or solitary, bisexual, actinomorphic

Seed with scanty endosperm but with abundant perisperm, perisperm is derived from the nucellus, which is a chief part of the young ovule

5 genera, 80 species

Economic importance - horticultural (water lilies)