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

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Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea

Kafue River near main road bridge at Kafue
Sep 2012
Photo: M.P.Kennedy

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Synonyms: Nymphaea caerulea Savigny
Nymphaea capensis Thunb.
Nymphaea stellata sensu Harv.
Common names:
Status: Native
Aquatic perennial with floating leaves grow from a tuberous rhizome. Leaves sub-orbicular to elliptic, deeply cordate and peltate at the base; upper surface green and smooth; lower surface green,red or purple with more or less prominently raised venation; margin entire or slightly undulate towards the base. Flowers, 6-20 cm in diameter, blue, pinkish or rarely white, on fleshy stems, usually held erect above the surface of the water; sepals normally 4; petals 12-24 as long as the sepals.; stamens 30 to more than 100, prolonged beyond the anthers by a white appendage.
Type location:
Notes: See var. petersiana for comparison.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In lakes, pools and slow flowing rivers.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:All year, but especially Feb - May
Worldwide distribution: Widespread from Egypt, throughout tropical Africa to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,C,Lk,S,W
Growth form(s): Aquatic.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 9 May 2017

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).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 40.

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

Linley, K. & Baker, B. (1972). Flowers of the Veld Bundu Series Longman Zimbabwe Page 34. As Nymphaea caerulea (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 64.

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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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123460, retrieved 27 May 2024

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