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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars


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1) Cultivar Name (Epithet):

Nymphaea ‘Aphrodite’


2) Hardy or tropical: Hardy                               3) Day or night bloomer: Day

4) Originator: Andreas Protopapas                    5) Year of origin: 2002

            6) Address: Nicosia, Cyprus


7) Nominant (Named by): Andreas Protopapas

            8) Address (if different from above):


9) Introducer: Andreas Protopapas

10) Address (if different from above):


11) Applicant: Andreas Protopapas

12) Address (if different from above):


13) Phone: 14) Fax:    15) Email: Removed to protect privacy


16) As far as you know, has this name been published in a dated publication together with a description? Yes


17) If yes to 16, give details of the earliest publication (title, date, publisher, etc.): Serrosen by Dieter Beehthold / Haro Hieronimus 2006 Dahne Verlag GmbH, Postfach 10 02 50, D-76256 Ettingen. ISBN 10:3-935175-33-7 and ISBN 13:978-3-935175-33-3


Also appears on the WGI web site galleries.

Also won third place in the IWGS competition for Water Lilies in 2004


18) Has this cultivar been granted Patent or Plant Breeders' Rights, or is it being sold under a trade designation other than the name used here?  No


19) If yes to any of the above, please give details:


20) Has a Standard been deposited in a recognized herbarium? No


21) If yes, please give details (where, when deposited, etc.):




Parentage: Seed (maternal) parent: Known

Pollen (paternal) parent: Known


Please give following dimensions in centimetres


Description ‑ Flower: Shape: Star shaped

Diameter: Average 12 cm.

Sepal color, exterior: Green

Sepal color, interior : Pink flushed with white

            Sepal number: 4 sometimes 5

Petal color:  Pink (RHS 73A)

Petal number:37 to 42

            Stamen: Filament color:  yellow (RHS 13A) base starts off red (RHS 54B)                               

            Anther color: :  yellow (RHS 13A)

                        Tip color: : :  yellow (RHS 13A)

            Number of Stamens: Around 

            Number of Carpellary Styles: Around 17, yellow with orange tip

            Pedicel (flower stalk) color: round.

Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? Hairy. 4 air channels

Fragrant?  Fragrant

Height above water: 0 to 4  cms.


Leaves: Shape: Orbicular

            Margin: Entire

Length x width: Early leaves 11cms. Mature leaves max 15cms.

              Sinus: Closed on young leaves slightly open on mature leaves.

              Lobes: Not mucronate to slightly mucronate

Color, top: on early leaves, Green (RHS 147A). Mature leaves top Green (RHS 146A).

            Color, underside: Brown  (RHS 183B) on early Leaves and on mature Leaves Brown (RHS 183A)

            Petiole (leaf stem) color: Brown  Oval

              Petiole pubescent?  Yes

              Viviparous? No

              Spread of plant (diameter): Medium size


What cultivar does this plant most closely resemble and how does it differ?


Unusual characteristics or comments:


Nymphaea ‘Aphrodite’ is a star-shaped waterlily
with a large number of pointed petals






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