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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars


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1) Cultivar Name:

Nymphaea ‘Caliente’


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

4) Originator: J. Craig Presnell                          5) Year of origin: 2001

6) Address: Removed to protect privacy
 Zolfo Springs, FL USA


7) Nominant (Named by): J. Craig Presnell

            8) Address (if different from above):


9) Introducer: J. Craig Presnell

10) Address (if different from above):


11) Applicant: J. Craig Presnell

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?



17) If yes to 16, give details of the earliest publication (title, date, publisher, etc.):

Water Garden News, 55.3, April 2006


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: N. ampla

             Pollen (paternal) parent: Unknown


Please give following dimensions in centimeters


Description ‑ Flower: Shape: Stellate

Diameter:  25 cm.

            Sepal color, exterior: Green with black streaks

            Sepal color, interior: White

            Sepal number: 4

Petal color: Soft yellow
Petal number: 20

            Stamen: Filament color: Yellow                                    

            Anther color: Yellow

                        Tip color: White

            Pedicel (flower stalk) color: Brown

Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? Pubescence on submerged portion

Fragrant?  Slightly

Height above water: 30 cm.


Leaves: Shape: Oval

             Margin: Heavily serrated

             Length x width: 56 x 51 cm.

             Sinus: Closed

             Lobes: Overlapping, pointed   

             Color, top: Green, heavily speckled with reddish brown

             Color, underside: Green with obvious veins and some pink and blue splotches

             Petiole (leaf stem) color: Brown

             Petiole pubescent? Pubescent on underwater portion

             Viviparous? No

             Spread of plant (diameter):       340 cm.


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

N. ampla.  Pads are heavily speckled and the flower is a soft yellow rather than white.


Unusual characteristics or comments: One of the earliest lilies to open and last to close.


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