Nymphaea nouchali Burm. f.
var. petersiana (Klotzsch) Verdc.

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Nymphaea nouchali var. petersiana

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Synonyms: Nymphaea petersiana Klotzsch
Common names:
Status: Native
Aquatic perennial with floating leaves grow from a tuberous rhizome. Leaves sub-orbicular to elliptic, deeply cordate and peltate at the base; upper surface green and smooth; lower surface green,red or purple with more or less prominently raised venation; margin sinuate-dentate or sinuate-lobulate, sometimes entire at the apex. Flowers, 6-12 cm in diameter, blue, pinkish or rarely white, on fleshy stems, usually held erect above the surface of the water; sepals 4; petals 14-20 as long as the sepals; stamens c. 100, prolonged beyond the anthers by a white appendage.
Notes: See var. caerulea for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: petersii: named after Professor Wilhelm Peters (1815-1863) of Berlin who collected in Mozambique in the early 19th century.
Habitat: In rivers, lakes and pools.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, probably Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga South Africa.
Botswana distribution:
Growth form(s): Aquatic.
Endemic status:
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Linley, K. & Baker, B. (1972). Flowers of the Veld Bundu Series Longman Zimbabwe Page 35. As Nymphaea petersiana

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 64.

Mendonça, F.A. (1960). Nymphaeaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 176 - 178. As Nymphaea petersiana (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 85. as Nymphaea nouchali (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 44, plates 65 & 66

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 90.

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Flora of Malawi: Nymphaea nouchali var. petersiana
Flora of Mozambique: Nymphaea nouchali var. petersiana
Flora of Zambia: Nymphaea nouchali var. petersiana
Flora of Zimbabwe: Nymphaea nouchali var. petersiana

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Nymphaea nouchali
African Plant Database: Nymphaea nouchali
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JSTOR Plant Science: Nymphaea nouchali
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Nymphaea nouchali
Plants of the World Online: Nymphaea nouchali
Tropicos: Nymphaea nouchali
Wikipedia: Nymphaea nouchali

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Nymphaea nouchali var. petersiana.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123470, retrieved 3 December 2023

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