Nymphaea nouchali Burm. f.
var. caerulea (Savigny) Verdc.

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Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea

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Backpackers and Overlanders Lodge, Epworth Harare.

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Synonyms: Nymphaea caerulea Savigny
Nymphaea capensis Thunb.
Nymphaea stellata sensu Harv.
Common names: Amalebo-emfula (Ndebele) Hapa (Shona) Hobvwe (Shona) Ikalala (Ndebele) Kwibu (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Makalala (Hlengwe) Matiwu (Hlengwe) Waterlily (English)
Status: Native
Aquatic perennial. The floating leaves grow from a tuberous rhizome. the erect flowers are usually held above the surface of the water on fleshy stems.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In lakes, pools and slow flowing rivers.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:All year, but especially Feb - May
Worldwide distribution: Widespread from Egypt, throughout tropical Africa to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Aquatic.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 14 February 2009

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 80. as Nymphaea nouchali (Includes a picture).

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 26 - 27. as Nymphaea caerulea (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 55. (Includes a picture).

Mendonça, F.A. (1960). Nymphaeaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 177 - 179. As Nymphaea capensis and Nymphaea caerulea

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 90.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 220. also as Nymphaea capensis


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123460, retrieved 24 April 2017

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