Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae

Nymphaeaceae - Water lily family

Mendonça, F.A. (1960) Nymphaeaceae FZ 1(1)

Description of the family

Aquatic, perennial herbs with rhizomes, rooted in the ground. Stipules 0. Leaves alternate, floating and usually ± peltate. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic, solitary, pedunculate, large and handsome, floating, emergent or, rarely, submerged. Sepals 4-6, green or coloured. Petals 5-numerous, some ± sepaloid. Stamens numerous, sometimes with petaloid filaments. Carpels 6-numerous, united. Ovary superior or inferior with 1 or numerous ovules. Fruit fleshy or spongy. Seeds with a fleshy aril.

Worldwide: 6 genera and 75 species, cosmopolitan.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 4 taxa.

Nymphaea nouchali

More sample images from the Nymphaeaceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)

Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea

Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea

Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea

Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea

Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea

Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea

Nymphaea nouchali var. petersiana

Nymphaea nouchali var. petersiana

Nymphaea nouchali var. petersiana

Nymphaea nouchali var. petersiana

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Nymphaea L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Nymphaeaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Nymphaeaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Nymphaeaceae
Flora of Zambia: Nymphaeaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Nymphaeaceae
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Nymphaeaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=152, retrieved 27 August 2014

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