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Taxon: Nymphaea capensis Thunb.

Genus: Nymphaea subgenus: Brachyceras
Family: Nymphaeaceae
Nomen number: 415615
Place of publication: Prodr. pl. cap. 92. 1800
Comment: relationship to Asian N. nouchali needs further study
Name verified on: 13-Dec-1999 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 28-Jul-2009
No species priority site assigned.


See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

Distributional range:

    East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania
    South Tropical Africa: Mozambique; Zambia
    Southern Africa: Botswana; Namibia; South Africa - Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Western Cape; Swaziland
    Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar [possibly]; Mauritius [possibly]

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Indo-China: Thailand
    Australia: Australia [e.]
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Florida
  • naturalized elsewhere in tropics

  • also cultivated in tropics


  • Bosser, J. M. et al., eds. 1976–. Flores des Mascareignes. [mentions].
  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2002. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 17. Auflage.
  • Exell, A. W. et al., eds. 1960–. Flora zambesiaca.
  • Hammel, B. E. et al., eds. 2003–. Manual de plantas de Costa Rica.
  • Integrated Botanical Information System (IBIS). Australian plant common name database (on-line resource).
  • La-ongsri, W. et al. 2009. A synopsis of Thai Nymphaeaceae. Nordic J. Bot. 27:104.
  • Mauve, A. A. 1967. Water-lilies in South Africa. Fauna & Fl. (Pretoria) 18:31–35.
  • Merxmüller, H., ed. 1966–1972. Prodromus einer flora von Sudwestafrika.
  • Robyns, W. et al., eds. 1948–63. Flore du Congo belge et du Ruanda-Urundi.
  • Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. 1952–. Flora of tropical East Africa. [sensu auct = N. nouchali var. zanzibariensis (Casp.) Verdc.; sensu Thunb. = N. nouchali var. caerulea (Savigny) Verdc.].
  • Wiersema, J. H. 1997. Nymphaea. In: FNA Editorial Committee, Flora of North America.


Check other web resources for Nymphaea capensis Thunb.:

  • 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
  • SIBIS: South African National Biodiversity Institute's (SANBI) Integrated Biodiversity System
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • 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.


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images 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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