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.

Zambia: 1 genus and 7 taxa.

Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea

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Nymphaea L.Description, Image

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 Zimbabwe: Nymphaeaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated 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: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Nymphaeaceae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=152, retrieved 3 February 2023

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