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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars


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1) Cultivar Name (Epithet):

NymphaeaKew’s Perfect Stranger’


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 unknown subgenus Brachyceras


Please give following dimensions in centimeters.


Description ‑ Flower: Shape: Starry

Diameter: 20+ cm.

Sepal color, exterior: Green, black dashes and dots, red/bright

           pink dashes and dots, especially in the sepal margins

            Sepal color, interior: White with pinkish edge

            Sepal number: 4

            Petal color: Bright blue fading to white towards petal base

Petal number: 12-16

            Stamen: Filament color: Outer whorls white, inner whorls yellow           

            Anther color: Yellow

            Tip color: Blue, sometimes white

            Pedicel (flower stalk) color: Green with black dots and dashes

Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? No

Fragrant? Lightly scented

Height above water: 40+ cm.


Leaves: Shape: Round, ellipsoidal

            Margin: Dentate, very acute dents

            Length x width:  45 x 40 cm.

            Sinus: Closed, overlapping a bit

            Lobes: Pointed

            Color, top: Plain green with brown blotches

            Color, underside: Green

            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? None. This intersubgeneric hybrid is unique because of the blotched pads.


Unusual characteristics or comments: Sepals green with black and red markings. Ovary red/bright pink. The first day, the stamens are widely separated. Blotched leaves are not found in the Anecphya group or hybrids.





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