Large Blue Water Lily
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Large Blue Water Lily
P Introduced Photo: Krishna Pratap Singh
Common name: Large Blue Water Lily
Botanical name: Nymphaea gigantea    Family: Nymphaeaceae (Waterlily family)
Synonyms: Castalia gigantea, Victoria fitzroyana

Large Blue Water Lily is perennial aquatic plant with small tubers. Leaves are circular with a radial slit, up to 75 cm diameter, margins toothed with pointed, regularly-spaced teeth to about 5 mm long. Flowers are emergent, to 25 cm in diameter and standing up to 50 cm above the water surface. Sepals are 4, green with a bluish tinge on the margins. Petals are usually lilac-blue when young, gradually fading to light blue, almost white. Stamens are not petaloid. Ovary is spherical; lobes numerous, short, entirely stigmatic. Seeds are red, maturing grey, carunculate and with rows of white hairs. Large Blue Water Lily is native to Australia.

Identification credit: Krishna Pratap Singh Photographed in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

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