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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
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.
Morphology Leaves
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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers 10–18 cm. wide on slender peduncles 5–6 mm. wide, held 10–15 cm. above the water, scented (aromatically fide Stuhlmann).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary orange, hemispherical, ± 3.5 cm. diameter, 16–30-locular; stylar disc 1.5–2.5 cm. wide; stylar processes 3–4 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit 3–4.5 cm. long, 4–6 cm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds very numerous, grey-brown or straw-coloured, ± ovoid, 0.7–1 mm. long, 0.5–0.75 mm. wide, ± acute at both ends.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
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.
Habitat
Shallow seasonal rapidly drying pools where tubers lie exposed on the surface; 1140–1440 m.
Distribution
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

Native to:

Tanzania

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

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

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-00997-6 Scientific Data 8: 215.

Literature

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).
  • Conard, The Waterlilies: 161, fig. 62 (1905).
  • Gilg. in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 41: 355 (1908).
  • Peter in Abh. Ges. Wiss. Göttingen n.f. 13(2): 56, 60 (1928).
  • Schweinf. & Gilg in Warb., Kunene-Sambesi-Exped.: 236 (1903).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0