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Nymphaea cultivar


Nymphaea cultivar

Family Name: Nymphaeaceae
Common Name: Water Lily, 睡莲


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet Type
Name Status (botanical)
Common Names

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Aquatic & Hydrophyte (Floating)
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Habitat Aquatic (Freshwater Pond / Lake / River)
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Flowers Showy,  floating above foliage and water surface, each bloom lasting up to 7 days. When the flower is pollinated, the flower stem will tightens in a spiraling spring to bring the flower head underwater.
Fruits Spongy with many seeds that are enclosed in arils. When ripe, up to 2000 seeds are released from each fruit.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Easy to Grow
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Pond / Lake / River, Container Planting
Thematic Landscaping Water Garden

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Lots of Water
Plant Growth Rate Fast to Moderate
Propagation Method Seed, Storage Organ (Rhizome), Division


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Basal
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Orbicular / Round)
Foliar Apex - Tip Rounded

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Red, Pink, White, Purple
Flower Grouping Solitary

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Master ID 977
Species ID 2271
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Species record last updated on: 06 February 2023.