Nymphaea lotus

Species:Nymphaea lotus L.
Plant Notes:This treatment may include plants referred to as N. pubescens, N. rubra, or hybrids thereof. Plants with crimson-red petals have been referred to as N. rubra, possibly a hybrid of N. lotus and N. pubescens. It is unclear how N. lotus (African) and N. pubescens (Asian) can be unequivocally distinguished; possibly N. pubescens has pinker petals more often (Hooker 1875; Wiersema 1982; Verdcourt 1989; Sharma et al. 1993; La-ongsri et al. 2009; Dkhar et al. 2010, 2013; Guruge et al. 2016).
Status:Not Native, OBL (DEP), OBL (NWPL)
Specimen: View details of USF Herbarium specimens

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Sub Class
Genus Nymphaea
Species Nymphaea lotus L. - WHITE EGYPTIAN LOTUS


Citation NYMPHAEA LOTUS Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 511. 1753.
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Type: Without data (lectotype: Alpino, Pl. Exot. 214, 213 ("Lotus Aegyptia"). 1627). Lectotypified by Verdcourt, in Polhill, Fl. Trop. E. Afr., Nymphaeaceae 3. 1989.

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CountyHerbariaLiterature Citation (If Applicable)
Charlotte USF  
Collier FTG  
Glades USF  
Lee USF  
Polk USF  


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SynonymFull CitationBasionymType
Castalia lotus Castalia lotus (Linnaeus) Trattinnick, Flora 5: 598. 1822.BASIONYM: Nymphaea lotus Linnaeus 1753. 
Castalia mystica Castalia mystica Salisbury, Ann. Bot. (König & Sims) 2: 73. 1805, nom. illegit.BASIONYM: Nymphaea lotus Linnaeus 1753. 
Leuconymphaea lotus Leuconymphaea lotus (Linnaeus) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 1: 11. 1891.BASIONYM: Nymphaea lotus Linnaeus 1753. 
Nymphaea aegyptiaca Nymphaea aegyptiaca Opiz, Naturalientausch 10: 216. 1825, nom. illegit. (?)BASIONYM: Nymphaea lotus Linnaeus 1753. 
Nymphaea lotus var. aegyptia Nymphaea lotus Linnaeus, var. aegyptia Planchon, Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot., ser. 3. 19: 33. 1853, nom. inadmiss.BASIONYM: Nymphaea lotus Linnaeus 1753. 
Nymphaea dentata Nymphaea dentata Schumacher & Thonning, in Schumacher, Beskr. Guin. Pl. 249. 1829.  
Nymphaea lotus var. ortgiesiana Nymphaea lotus Linnaeus, var. ortgiesiana (Planchon) Planchon, Ann. Sci. Nat. Bot, ser. 3. 19: 33. 1853.BASIONYM: Nymphaea ortgiesiana Planchon 1852. 
Nymphaea ortgiesiana Nymphaea ortgiesiana Planchon, Fl. Serres Jard. Eur. 8: 68. 1852.  
Nymphaea thermalis Nymphaea thermalis de Candolle, Syst. Nat. 2: 54. 1821. TYPE: HUNGARY:


Country State County Date Specimen Notes Image
USA Florida Lee Co. 11 Oct 1980 J. Beckner 2444
USA Florida Charlotte Co. 03 Sep 1984 J. Beckner 2659
USA Florida Lee Co. 17 Sep 1987 E. Brown s.n.
USA Florida Lee Co. 25 Oct 1980 R. P. Wunderlin 8847
USA Florida Lee Co. 14 Nov 1979 D. H. Les 157
USA Florida Glades Co. 08 Dec 1992 J. Beckner 2712
USA Florida Polk Co. 03 Aug 1982 D. Richardson 873
Sri Lanka Central Prov. Matale Distr. 08 Dec 1970 F. R. Fosberg 53422
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