Nymphaea colorata

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Nymphaea colorata
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Order: Nymphaeales
Family: Nymphaeaceae
Genus: Nymphaea
Species: N. colorata
Binomial name
Nymphaea colorata
Peter, 1928

Nymphaea colorata is a water lily that is native to tropical East Africa. It was first described by A. Peter in 1928.

Description[edit]

Nymphaea colorata is day blooming and nonviviparous plant. Its flower has dark blue to violet color and consists of 4-5 sepals and 13-15 petals. The shape is cup-like with a diameter of 11–14 cm. The round leaves are green on the top and have bluish-violet underside. Their size is about 20–23 cm and their spread is 0.9 to 1.8m

Usage[edit]

Nymphaea colorata is used as an ornamental flower and has the advantage of having a long flowering period. In addition it even keeps flowering when the temperatures drops to 18 C. It has been used to create several cultivars and hybrids.

References[edit]

  • Perry D. Slocum: Waterlilies and Lotuses. Timber Press 2005, ISBN 0-88192-684-1 (restricted online version at Google Books)
  • Fact sheet for the Nymphaea colorata