Nymphaea pubescens

Hairy water lily

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Accent (red), Background, Midground
Difficulty: medium
Growth: medium
See also: Nymphaea rubra
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Range and localities: 

Tropical and subtropical Asia, Australia

Availability [?]: 
  • occasionally available commercially

Common names: 
  • Hairy water lily
  • Lotus
  • White water lily
  • White lotus

  • Nymphaea lotus var. pubescens (Willd.) Hook. f. & Thomson

Misapplied names: 
  • Nymphaea stellata

Habit, plant type:

  • rosette
  • tuber
  • rooting plant with floating leaves
Botanical name [?]: Nympháea pubéscens Willd.

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


Nymphaea pubescens Willdenow is a medium-sized tropical water lily distributed in the Asian tropcis from Pakistan over India to Indonesia, the Philippines and Papua-New Guinea. It is also found in Australia. It is closely related to Nymphaea lotus. There are some authors who treat it as a variety of that species.
The floating leaves of N. pubescens are roundish oval to round, 7 to 15 cm in diameter (sometimes even larger) with an undulate sawed margin, their upper side is of a dark olive green and their underside is purple going to green towards the stem onset.
The submersed leaves are of an orange brown.

Nymphaea pubescens is used as aquarium plant, however, not much information is available about its cultivation in tanks.

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