2513.000 Nymphaea L.

Description of the genus

Aquatic herbs. Leaf lamina elliptic to subcircular, deeply cordate, peltate. Sepals 4, green. Petals 5-many, inner ones shorter and narrower, grading into the stamens. Stamens with petaloid filaments. Carpels numerous, many-ovulate. Fruit a large fleshy berry, ripening under water. Seeds floating owing to a pulpy sack-like aril.

Worldwide: c. 50 species, cosmopolitan.

Zimbabwe: 4 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Paraponyx fluctuosalis (Fluctuating china mark) Larval foodplant
Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
lotus L.N,W,C,SDescription, Image
maculata Schumach. & Thonn.W,C
nouchali Burm. f. var. caerulea (Savigny) Verdc.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
nouchali Burm. f. var. petersiana (Klotzsch) Verdc.N,W,C,E,SImage

Other sources of information about Nymphaea:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Nymphaea
Flora of Caprivi: Nymphaea
Flora of Malawi: Nymphaea
Flora of Mozambique: Nymphaea
Flora of Zambia: Nymphaea

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Nymphaea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Nymphaea
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Nymphaea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Nymphaea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Nymphaea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Nymphaea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=578, retrieved 29 July 2016

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