Nymphaea Nouchali - Purple Waterlily | Old Westbury, New York

© Sophie W. Smith

Joined October 2012

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
Order: Nymphaeales
Family: Nymphaeaceae
Genus: Nymphaea
Species: N. nouchali
Binomial name
Nymphaea nouchali

Nymphaea nouchali, often known by its synonym Nymphaea stellata, or by common names blue lotus, star lotus,[citation needed] red and blue water lily, blue star water lily is a water lily of genus Nymphaea. It is native to southern and eastern parts of Asia, and is the national flower of Sri Lanka and of Bangladesh. This species is sometimes considered to include the blue Egyptian lotus Nymphaea caerulea. In the past there has been taxonomic confusion with the name Nymphaea nouchali incorrectly applied to Nymphaea pubescens.

Nymphaea nouchali is a day-blooming nonviviparous plant with submerged roots and stems. Part of the leaves are submerged, while others rise slightly above the surface. The leaves are round and green on top; they usually have a darker underside. The floating leaves have undulating edges that give them a crenellate appearance. Their size is about 20–23 cm and their spread is 0.9 to 1.8 m

This water lily has a beautiful flower which is usually violet blue in color with reddish edges. Some varieties have white, purple, mauve or fuchsia-colored flowers, hence its name red and blue water lily. The flower has 4-5 sepals and 13-15 petals that have an angular appearance making the flower look star-shaped from above. The cup-like calyx has a diameter of 11–14 cm. Read more

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