Least Water-lily

Plants

Description

Colemere near Ellesmere is the only place in England where the Least Water-lily grows naturally.

Also known as the Small Yellow Pond-lily, Least Yellow Water-lily, these extremely rare plants belong to the Nymphaeaceae family.

Water lilies are a primitive group of plants and the Least Water-lily is a relic from the post-glacial period and would have been abundant in the meres at one time.

It is sensitive to raised nutrient levels and shading by marginal vegetation. We are working to clear marginal trees, reducing shading, and also with neighboring landowners to reduce nutrient runoff.

If you would like to volunteer at Colemere for the benefit of the Least Water-lily please get in touch with the community officer. 

Least water lily

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The Meres and Mosses landscape was formed by retreating glaciers 12,000 years ago. Now, lowland raised peat bogs are one of the most endangered habitats on Earth.



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