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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars


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1) Cultivar Name (Epithet):

NymphaeaKew’s Kabuki’


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

4) Originator: Carlos Magdalena, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew     5) Year of origin: 2008

            6) Address: Removed to protect privacy

                        Richmond, Surrey, UK


7) Nominant (Named by): Carlos Magdalena, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

            8) Address (if different from above):


9) Introducer: Carlos Magdalena, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

10) Address (if different from above):


11) Applicant: Carlos Magdalena, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

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?   No


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


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: Nymphaea georginae


Pollen (paternal) parent: Nymphaea colorata


Please give following dimensions in centimeters.


Description ‑ Flower: Shape: Starry cup

Diameter: 20 cm.

            Sepal color, exterior: Green, some black spotting

            Sepal color, interior: Greenish white

            Sepal number: 4

            Petal color: Light blue, almost white after first day

Petal number: 12-14

            Stamen: Filament color: Outer white, inner yellow   

            Anther color: Bright red/crimson first day           

            Tip color: Red, white or purple

            Pedicel (flower stalk) color: Green with some black spotting

Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? No

Fragrant? Lightly scented

Height above water: 40+ cm.


Leaves: Shape: Round, ellipsoidal

            Margin: Dentate

            Length x width:  45 x 35 cm.

            Sinus: Overlapping

            Lobes: Pointed

            Color, top: Plain green

            Color, underside: Plain green with a grey hue and small black freckles

            Petiole (leaf stem) color: Green

            Petiole pubescent? No

            Viviparous? No

            Spread of plant (diameter): 200 cm.


What cultivar does this plant most closely resemble and how does it differ? Nymphaea ‘William Philips’. It differs from it by having much paler blue (almost white) petals that also have more acute tips. As well, ‘Kew’s Kabuki’ has orangey yellow pollen. Nymphaea georginae looks similar, but the stamens are yellow in N. georginae and bright red on the first day on ‘Kew’s Kabuki’.


Unusual characteristics or comments: Flower changes a lot day by day. The first day is light blue but fades to white gradually. Anthers are bright red/crimson the first day, turning a bit purple on the second. Pollen is orangey yellow in color and, as it sheds, the anthers appear brownish/saffron. Filaments are white in the outer whorls and yellow in the inners.





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