Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Nymphaeales

Nymphaeaceae - Water lily family

Mendonça, F.A. (1960) Nymphaeaceae Flora Zambesiaca 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 cultivated genus and 1 cultivated taxon.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

Links to cultivated genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

Nymphaea L.Description

Other sources of information about Nymphaeaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Nymphaeaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Nymphaeaceae
Flora of Malawi: Nymphaeaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Nymphaeaceae
Flora of Zambia: Nymphaeaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Nymphaeaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Nymphaeaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Nymphaeaceae
Wikipedia: Nymphaeaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Nymphaeaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=152, retrieved 24 March 2023

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