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.

Mozambique: 3 taxa.

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

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
lotus L.N,Z,MS,MDescription, Image
nouchali Burm. f. var. caerulea (Savigny) Verdc.N,Z,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
nouchali Burm. f. var. petersiana (Klotzsch) Verdc.Z,T,MSDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Nymphaea:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Nymphaea
Flora of Caprivi: Nymphaea
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Nymphaea
Flora of Malawi: Nymphaea
Flora of Zambia: Nymphaea
Flora of Zimbabwe: Nymphaea
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Nymphaea

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Nymphaea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Nymphaea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Nymphaea
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Nymphaea
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Nymphaea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Nymphaea
JSTOR Plant Science: Nymphaea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Nymphaea
Plants of the World Online: Nymphaea
Tropicos: Nymphaea
Wikipedia: Nymphaea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Nymphaea.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=578, retrieved 12 April 2024

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