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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars


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1) Cultivar Name (Epithet):

NymphaeaKew’s Lilliput White’


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 carpentariae


Pollen (paternal) parent: Nymphaea minuta


Please give following dimensions in centimeters.


Description ‑ Flower: Shape: Starry cup

Diameter: 7 cm.

            Sepal color, exterior: Green

            Sepal color, interior: Greenish white

            Sepal number: 4

            Petal color: White

Petal number: 10-12

            Stamen: Filament color: Pale yellow  

            Anther color: Yellow with white stripe           

            Tip color: White

            Pedicel (flower stalk) color: Olive/military green

Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? No

Fragrant? Lightly scented

Height above water: 30+ cm.


Leaves: Shape: Round, ellipsoidal

            Margin: Denate

            Length x width:  25 x 20 cm.

            Sinus: Closed or open but not overlapping

            Lobes: Pointed

            Color, top: Plain green/military green, some spots when unfurling

            Color, underside: Olive brownish/green with a brighter green haze along
                  the midrib. Some reddish/crimson spotting may be present.

            Petiole (leaf stem) color: Green/military green

            Petiole pubescent? No

            Viviparous? No

            Spread of plant (diameter): 100 cm.


What cultivar does this plant most closely resemble and how does it differ? NymphaeaKew’s Lilliput Pink’, but this has white flowers and the pedicel is military green. Petals in N. ‘Kew’s Lilliput White’ seem to be longer.


Unusual characteristics or comments: Very small flower for an Anecphya type. No pollen seems to be shed. Sterile.





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