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Nymphaea of Georgia

I’m not sure what species of water lily this is, nor whether the small white flowers belong to it. My search led me to believe that the flower isn’t produced by the water lily, as it doesn’t appear that any Nymphaea or Nuphar produce similar flowers. Nuphar advena appears to be a common species in Georgia, but it produces robust yellow flowers, and Nuphar, if I remember correctly, often have less rounded leaves that extend out of shallow water.

The only water lily I’m familiar with in the US is Nymphaea ordorata, which was common is Ohio wetlands, but without the flower, I can’t confidently make an identification.

Site 2 at George L. Smith II State Park

One of five primitive campsites at the park.

The park offers three types of camping—drive-up, pioneer, and primitive. Drive-up sites usually have water and bathrooms near-by, and an electric outlet for RV’s. Pioneer sites include a set of leantos and are only reserved with 10 or more people. The primitive sites have a fire ring and a platform for a tent, but must be hiked or kayaked to.