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Taxon: Nymphaea mexicana Zucc.

Genus: Nymphaea subgenus: Nymphaea section: Xanthantha
Family: Nymphaeaceae
Nomen number: 25439
Place of publication: Abh. Math.-Phys. Cl. Königl. Bayer. Akad. Wiss. 1:365. 1832
Name verified on: 13-Dec-1999 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 09-May-2011
No species priority site assigned.


A declared aquatic or terrestrial noxious weed and/or noxious-weed seed in these U.S. states (see state noxious weed lists), with links to state information or web documents:
CAª, PRª.
ªAquatic. *Terrestrial. °In seed.
noxious weed information from Invaders Database System for northwestern U.S.

Common names:

  • banana water-lily   (Source: F NAmer ) – English
  • Mexican water-lily   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • yellow water-lily   (Source: F NAmer ) – English

Economic importance:

  • Gene sources: ornamental features   (fide Wiersema, pers. comm.)
  • Weed   (fide F CalifJep)

Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
  • NORTHERN AMERICA (Check conservation status in U.S. & Canada in NatureServe Explorer database)
    North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Oklahoma [s.e. (introd.?)]
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Alabama [s.], Florida, Georgia [s.e.], Louisiana [s.], Mississippi [s.], North Carolina [e.], South Carolina
    South-Central U.S.A.: United States - Texas
    Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - Arizona [introd.?]
    Southern Mexico: Mexico - Hidalgo, Mexico, Michoacan

    Southern Africa: South Africa [the plants involved may be of hybrid origin]
    Indian Subcontinent: India - Jammu and Kashmir [the plants involved may be of hybrid origin]
    Australia: Australia [the plants involved may be of hybrid origin]
    New Zealand: New Zealand [the plants involved may be of hybrid origin]
    Southwestern Europe: Spain [the plants involved may be of hybrid origin]


  • Capperino, M. E. & E. L. Schneider. 1985. Floral biology of Nymphaea mexicana Zucc. (Nymphaeaceae). Aquatic Bot. 23:83–93.
  • Correll, D. S. & H. B. Correll. 1975. Aquatic and wetland plants of southwestern United States, 2 vol.
  • Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston. 1970. Manual of the vascular plants of Texas.
  • Garcia-Murillo, P. 1993. Nymphaea mexicana Zuccarini in the Iberian Peninsula. Aquatic Bot. 44:407–409.
  • George, A. S., ed. 1980–. Flora of Australia.
  • Godfrey, R. K. & J. W. Wooten. 1979–1981. Aquatic and wetland plants of southeastern United States, 2 vol.
  • Hickman, J. C., ed. 1993. The Jepson manual: higher plants of California.
  • Integrated Botanical Information System (IBIS). Australian plant common name database (on-line resource).
  • Johnstone, I. M. 1982. Yellow waterlily (Nymphaea mexicana in Lake Ohakuri, North Island, New Zealand. New Zealand J. Bot. 20:387–389.
  • Koul, K. & A. R. Naqshi. 1988. Nymphaeaceae of Jammu and Kashmir. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 85:454–456.
  • Lot, A. et al. 1986. Angiospermas acuáticas mexicanas 1. Listados florísticos de México. 5:56.
  • Lot, A. et al. 1999. Catálogo de angiospermas acuáticas de México. Cuad. Inst. Biol. 33:97.
  • Mauve, A. A. 1968. The yellow water-lily of the Vaal River. Fauna & Fl. (Pretoria) 19:24.
  • Novelo, A. & J. Bonilla-Barbosa. 1999. Nymphaeaceae. In: Rzedowski, J. & G. Rzedowski, eds., Flora del Bajio y de regiones adyacentes. 77:8–9.
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  • Ricketson, J. 1995. Nymphaeaceae Waterlily family. J. Arizona-Nevada Acad. Sci. 29:27.
  • Singh, N. P., eds. 2002–. Flora of Jammu & Kashmir.
  • Stevens, W. D. et al., eds. 2001. Flora de Nicaragua. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 85(1-3).
  • Wanderley, M. G. L., ed. 2001–. Flora fanerogâmica do Estado de São Paulo.
  • Wiersema, J. H. 1997. Nymphaea. In: FNA Editorial Committee, Flora of North America.
  • Wunderlin, R. P. 1982. Guide to the vascular plants of central Florida.


Check other web resources for Nymphaea mexicana Zucc.:

  • Flora of North America: Collaborative Floristic Effort of North American Botanists
  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP: North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program
  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • ABRS: Australian Biological Resources Study Flora of Australia online
  • SIBIS: South African National Biodiversity Institute's (SANBI) Integrated Biodiversity System
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Nymphaea mexicana cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.

Check other web resources for images:

  • Google Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
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