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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars


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1) Cultivar Name (Epithet):

Nymphaea ‘William McLane’


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 Gardening Magazine, Jan/Feb, p. 16, 1998


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: Unknown


Please give following dimensions in centimeters.

Colors from RHS Colour Charts.


Description ‑ Flower: Shape: Star

Diameter: 12-18 cm.

            Sepal color, exterior: 152A

            Sepal color, interior:  90A-B

            Sepal number: 4

            Petal color: 90A, 93B

Petal number: 48

            Stamen: Filament color: 12A    

            Anther color:  83A

            Tip color: 93B

Number of stamens:  207

Pedicel (flower stalk) color: 199A

Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? No

Fragrant? Yes

Height above water: 20 cm.


Leaves: Shape: Oval

            Margin: Denate

            Length x width:  45 x 35 cm.

            Sinus: Closed

            Lobes: Overlapping or pushing each other upward

            Color, top: 200B-C

            Color, underside: 90A, 146D veins

            Petiole (leaf stem) color: 200D

            Petiole pubescent? No

            Viviparous? No

            Spread of plant (diameter):  150 cm.


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


Unusual characteristics or comments:

            Leaf color fades with age. Leaf color is redder in cooler water temperatures. It is the first Nymphaea ever to win the RHS Banksian Award (1997).


Additional images of N. ‘William McLane’





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