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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania.


Nymphaeaceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1989

Aquatic herb; rhizomes blackish brown, ovoid to spherical, sometimes irregular, 5–12 cm. long, 3–4 cm. thick, erect with projecting leaf-scars, densely covered with grey mucilaginous hairs; roots long, white, spongy.
Leaves bright green or bronze-flushed, sometimes with small purple spots on the underside, elliptic to rounded-ovate, 17–35 cm. long, 12–26 cm. wide, with a deep open sinus but not peltate, the lower lobes acute, entire to shortly distantly undulate-toothed at the margin, glabrous; venation prominent beneath, petiole up to 50 cm. long.
Flowers 10–18 cm. wide on slender peduncles 5–6 mm. wide, held 10–15 cm. above the water, scented (aromatically fide Stuhlmann).
Petals 13–30, bright lemon-yellow or sulphur-yellow, linear-oblong to lanceolate or sometimes almost obovate and narrowed to the base, (4.5–)5–6.5(–8) cm. long, 1–1.5(–2.5) cm. wide, acute, acuminate or sometimes rounded at the apex, with several longitudinal veins. Corolla whitish or yellow-green; tube cylindric, 5 mm. long, with a ring of deflexed hairs inside; lobes reflexed, linear-lanceolate, 2–2.5 cm. long, glabrous inside, tomentose outside, apiculate at the apex.
Stamens 60–200, golden yellow or orange-yellow, the outer 3/5 the length of the petals, up to ± 5 cm. long, with connective-appendages 1–10 mm. long.
Ovary orange, hemispherical, ± 3.5 cm. diameter, 16–30-locular; stylar disc 1.5–2.5 cm. wide; stylar processes 3–4 mm. long.
Fruit 3–4.5 cm. long, 4–6 cm. wide.
Seeds very numerous, grey-brown or straw-coloured, ± ovoid, 0.7–1 mm. long, 0.5–0.75 mm. wide, ± acute at both ends.
Calyx-tube subcampanulate, 4 mm. long, 4 mm. wide, densely tomentose; lobes erect, narrowly lanceolate to triangular or oblong-lanceolate, 1.5–5.5 mm. long, densely tomentose. Sepals 4(–5), greenish yellow, obovate to oblong-lanceolate, (5–)7–8.5 cm. long, 2(–3) cm. wide, obtuse to broadly rounded at apex, with numerous longitudinal veins.
Shallow seasonal rapidly drying pools where tubers lie exposed on the surface; 1140–1440 m.
T1 T4 T5 not known elsewhere, but cultivated at Amani (from material obtained from the Central Railway line, 19 Apr. 1929, Greenway 1519!), in Germany (Göttingen), the U.S.A. and doubtless elsewhere

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Nymphaea stuhlmannii (Engl.) Schweinf. & Gilg appears in other Kew resources:

First published in O.Warburg (ed.), Kunene-Sambesi Exped.: 236 (1903)


Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Verdcourt, B. (1989). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Nymphaeaceae: 1-12.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bally in Journ. E. Afr. Nat. Hist Soc. 20(2) (No. 92): 76 (1952).
  • Peter in Abh. Ges. Wiss. Göttingen n.f. 13(2): 56, 60 (1928).
  • Gilg. in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 41: 355 (1908).
  • Conard, The Waterlilies: 161, fig. 62 (1905).
  • Schweinf. & Gilg in Warb., Kunene-Sambesi-Exped.: 236 (1903).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

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