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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars


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1) Cultivar Name (Epithet):

Nymphaea ‘Midnight Embers’


2) Hardy or tropical:  Tropical                          3) Day or  Night: Daybloomer
4) Originator:   J. Craig Presnell                      5) Year of origin: 2003
                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? Yes


17) If yes to 16, give details of the earliest publication (title, date, publisher, etc.):
             Slocum, Waterlilies and Lotuses, 2005, Timberline Press pg 122


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: Unknown
           Pollen (paternal) parent: N. ampla 


Please give following dimensions in centimeters



Description ‑ Flower: Shape: Opens stellate, then flat
          Diameter:  25.5 cm.
          Sepal color, exterior: Light green heavily speckled with black
          Sepal color, interior: Light blue
          Sepal number: 4
          Petal color: Blue
          Petal number: 42, 140 petaloids
          Stamen: Filament color:   Yellow base/pink tip                   
          Anther color: NA
          Tip color: NA    
          Pedicel (flower stalk) color: Brown
          Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? On underwater portions
          Height above water              25 cm. 


Leaves: Shape: Oval
              Margin: Serrated
              Length x width:  58 x 48 cm.
              Sinus: Closed/overlapping
              Lobes:  Pointed
              Color, top: Green with maroon speckles
              Color, underside: Light purple blotches on green,
                        prominent green veins
              Petiole (leaf stem) color: Brown
              Petiole pubescent? Yes
              Viviparous? No
              Spread of plant (diameter):      300  cm


What cultivar does this plant most closely resemble and how does it differ?  N. ‘Jennifer Presnell’.  Pads speckled instead of plain green and small petals are multi-color rather than plain pink.


Unusual characteristics or comments:  Small inner petals form a cushion around the flower center


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