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Water Snowflake

Common name for an aquatic plant, which is also commonly known as Floating Hearts and that bears the botanical name Nymphoides indicum and listed in the family Menyanthaceae. In Thai, it is known as bua ba (บัวบา). It bears flowers with five petals that are either yellow or white with a yellow core, and that are covered in small hairs. The flowers of the Water Snowflake feature on a Thai postage stamp issued in 1996 as part of a set of stamps on Beautiful and Useful Water Plants (fig.), to mark new year 1997.