Scientific name: Nymphaea spp.
There are about 70 different species of water lilies in the world. The plant is commonly found in temperate and tropical climates. Its scientific name, Nymphaea, is inspired by the water nymph in Greek and Roman mythology. The plant is recognised as a symbol of peace, perfection and beauty. As such, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka has respectively made the white and blue water lilies their national flowers.