Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Perennials; stem a rhizome, corm or tuber. Leaves ovate to orbicular with a deep sinus, cordate or subpeltate, mostly floating, if submerged then usually sagittate and delicate. Flowers floating with flexuose pedicels or borne above the water on rigid pedicels; sepals usually 4; petals numerous, showy, in many series, often passing into stamens or staminodes; stamens with or without appendaged connectives; ovary globose; carpels 3–35; stigmatic disc concave, obconical or almost flat. Fruit a berry enclosed by the perianth, drawn under water by spiralling pedicel before ripening; seeds numerous; aril bell-shaped.

About 60 species, cosmopolitan; c. 18 species in Australia, 5 introduced.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Nymphaeaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Nymphaeanae
order Nymphaeales
family Nymphaeaceae
Higher taxa
genus Nymphaea
Subordinate taxa