So far, I’ve identified two species of water-lily: Nymphaea puchella and the more common Nymphaea amazonum.   N. pulchella is currently flowering and has a wavy margin on it’s floating leaves, while N. amazonum hasn’t begun flowering yet and seems to have smaller leaves.  The flowers below are from N. pulchella.

Nymphaeaceae - Nymphaea pulchella and amazonum - Waterlily - 06.29.2009 - 10.11.39

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Nymphaeaceae - Nymphaea pulchella - Waterlily - 07.02.2009 - 09.39.28

4 thoughts on “Nymphaea”

  1. Do you see much herbivory on the Nymphaea? Does it differ between the two species? Are they both native? Are there any species of Nuphar present as well?


  2. No, I haven’t seen much herbivory on the Nymphaea, but there are usually splotches of dark purple on the amazonum. The purple is a diagnostic characteristic in Aquatic Plants of Palo Verde, but I wonder if it is a property of the plant itself, or a response to microbial infection or some minor herbivory.

    There are 4 or 5 Nymphaea species native and no Nuphar.

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