Nymphaea ×marliacea W.Wildsm.

Gard. (London) 33: 292 (1888)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Rhizome usually horizontal, c. 35 mm thick, producing stolons along the upper side for most of their length. Leaves suborbicular with a radial sinus, to c. 20 cm diam., mid- to dark green and purple blotched above, paler below with reddish speckles near the margin, margins sinuate. Flowers to c. 20 cm diam., floating, closing at night; sepals 4, ovate, yellow and purplish-brown tinged; petals c. 24, ovate, obtuse, pale yellow to white, passing into petaloid stamens; stamens c. 50, pale to bright yellow; ovary lobes yellow. Berries not observed in Victorian specimens.

*DunT, *HSF, *VRiv.

A horticultural hybrid, parentage is presumed to involve N. alba and N. mexicana and/or N. odorata Aiton. Sparingly established in Victoria, usually occurring with N. alba. Nymphaea ×marliacea is readily distinguished from N. alba by its more upright leaves that are purplish to red-blotched. However, this blotching may fade as plants mature. 

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-02-02
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2017-06-13
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Nymphaeanae
order Nymphaeales
family Nymphaeaceae
genus Nymphaea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Nymphaea ×marliacea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Nymphaea ×marliacea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Dundas Tablelands present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced