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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars


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1) Cultivar Name (Epithet):

Nymphaea ‘Key Lime’


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

4) Originator: Florida Aquatic Nurseries, Inc.    5) Year of origin: 1997

            6) Address: Removed to protect privacy

                        Florida, USA


7) Nominant (Named by): Florida Aquatic Nurseries, Inc.

            8) Address (if different from above):


9) Introducer: Florida Aquatic Nurseries, Inc.

10) Address (if different from above):


11) Applicant: Florida Aquatic Nurseries, Inc.

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.):

            Water Garden News, March 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: N. ‘Crystal’


Pollen (paternal) parent: N. ‘Trail Blazer’


Please give following dimensions in centimeters.

Colors from RHS Colour Charts.


Description ‑ Flower: Shape: Star

Diameter: 15-20 cm.

            Sepal color, exterior: 144A with 187A flecks

            Sepal color, interior:  145C

            Sepal number: 4

            Petal color: 4B

Petal number: 35

            Stamen: Filament color: 7A      

            Anther color: 7A         

            Tip color: 4B

Pedicel (flower stalk) color: 144B

Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? No

Fragrant? Yes

Height above water: 20 cm.


Leaves: Shape: Nearly round

             Margin: Denate

             Length x width:  35 x 32 cm.

            Sinus: Open

            Lobes: Pointed

            Color, top: 189A with 59A mottling fading to green

             Color, underside: 146B with 79A and 80B flecks

             Petiole (leaf stem) color: 144B

            Petiole pubescent? No

            Viviparous? No

            Spread of plant (diameter):  150-200 cm.


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

            This plant is unique and does not resemble any other yellows.

Unusual characteristics or comments:

            This cultivar has a large deep yellow flower with a heavily mottled pad.


Additional images of N. ‘Key Lime’





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