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.

Malawi: 3 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Paraponyx fluctuosalis (Fluctuating china mark)
Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
lotus L.N,C,SDescription, Image
nouchali Burm. f. var. caerulea (Savigny) Verdc.N,C,SDescription, Image
nouchali Burm. f. var. petersiana (Klotzsch) Verdc.SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Nymphaea:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Nymphaea
Flora of Caprivi: Nymphaea
Flora of Mozambique: Nymphaea
Flora of Zambia: Nymphaea
Flora of Zimbabwe: 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, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Nymphaea.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=578, retrieved 15 December 2019

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