Nymphaea micrantha "Gefleckt"

Tri-coloured lotus

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Midground
Difficulty: easy
Growth: medium
Range and localities: 

Distribution of the species N. micrantha: West Africa: Senegal to Cameroon; locality of the form "Gefleckt": unknown

Availability [?]: 
  • rarely or not available commercially
  • occasionally available from other aquarists

Common names: 
  • Tri-coloured lotus

Habit, plant type:

  • rosette
  • tuber
  • rooting plant with floating leaves
Botanical name [?]: Nympháea micrántha Guill. & Perr.

Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Nymphaeales
Family: Nymphaeaceae
Genus: Nymphaea


The small-flowered water lily, Nymphaea micrantha, is distributed in West-African waters, stagnant and in full sun, from Senegal to Cameroun. It is often found deeply rooted in the sludge on the ground.
The spotted form is best-known asaquarium plant. Dennerle is said to have imported it in late 1995 from Western Africa. The submersed leaves of this plant grow to a diameter of around 7 to 11 cm and have a stunning pattern of reddish-brown and dark brown spots on light green ground.

The most striking characteristic in N. micrantha is the formation of an adventitious plant on the basis of the leaf blade (at the onset of the stem). This makes this water lily an easy plant to propagate, but still, it is only rarely found in the hobby.

- To be continued –

References and further reading:
  1. Kasselmann, C. (2010): Aquarienpflanzen. 3rd edition (German). - DATZ Aquarienbuch, Ulmer Verlag, Stuttgart: 459, 460.
Light medium to high 
Temperature tolerance 18 to 32 °C
Optimum temperature 24 to 28 °C
Carbonate hardness 2 to 14 °dKH
pH value 6.5 to 8 
Carbon dioxide (CO2) 10 to 40 mg/l
Nitrate (NO3-) 10 to 50 mg/l
Phosphate (PO43-) 0.1 to 3 mg/l
Potassium (K+) 5 to 30 mg/l
Iron (Fe) 0.01 to 0.5 mg/l

Growth: medium

Propagation: Proliferating leaves

Can grow emersed?: unknown

Suited for outdoor cultivation / ponds: unknown

Winter hardiness: not hardy in Germany

There is no detailled information for cultivating this plant yet.
Aquascaping: very colourful plant for accents

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