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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars


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1) Cultivar Name (Epithet):

Nymphaea ‘Moon Dance’


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

4) Originator: Florida Aquatic Nurseries, Inc.    5) Year of origin: 1996

            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 Journal, 17.1.11, 2001


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. odorata var. gigantea


Pollen (paternal) parent: N. mexicana


Please give following dimensions in centimeters. Colors from RHS Colour Charts.


Description ‑ Flower: Shape: Star

Diameter: 15-20 cm.

            Sepal color, exterior: 2/3 is 151B-C, 1/3 is 38D

            Sepal color, interior:  2/3 is 150D, 1/3 is 36D

            Sepal number: 4

            Petal color: Outer 155A, innermost row 7D

Petal number: 30

            Stamen: Filament color: 12A-B                        

            Anther color: 12A-B            

            Tip color: 12A

Number of stamens:  73

Pedicel (flower stalk) color: 178A

Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? Yes

Fragrant? Slightly

Height above water: 15 cm.


Leaves: Shape: Oval

            Margin: Smooth

            Length x width:  25 x 22 cm.

            Sinus: Open

            Lobes: Bluntly pointed

            Color, top: 146A with 177B and 187A blotches

            Color, underside: 182B with 187A blotches

            Petiole (leaf stem) color: 183A

            Petiole pubescent? Yes

            Viviparous? No

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


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


Unusual characteristics or comments:

            This cultivar was a natural cross collected from Lake Okeechobee, FL USA. It has nicely mottled pads with its flowers extending well out of the water.


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