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Blue Waterlily
Species name: Nymphaea nouchali

Nymphaea nouchali, commonly known as the Red and blue water lily, Blue star water lily, Star lotus, or by its synonym Nymphaea stellata, is a water lily of genus Nymphaea. This aquatic plant is native to the Indian Subcontinent. It was spread to other countries already in ancient times and has been long valued as a garden flower in Thailand and Myanmar to decorate ponds and gardens. This plant has medicinal significance in Ayurveda too. It is considered a holy flower in Buddhism. (Source:Wikipedia)


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Names of users who have contributed to this species page Gauravm
Date on which this page was first created 2010/10/22
This page was last modified on: 24 November 2010 02:37:49
Name of the species Nymphaea nouchali
ID on Encyclopedia of Life 5472593
Synonyms Please check Binomial Classification section for synonyms.
Common English Names Blue water lily, Red and blue water lily', Blue star water lily, Star lotus
Common Hindi Names Neelkamal नीलकमल
Common Indian names Neelkamal नीलकमल (Hindi);থরিক থরো Thariktharo (Manipuri);நீலாம்பல் Neelambal (Tamil);Nyadalehuvu (Kannada);Nil-sapla (bengali) Flowers of India
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Taxonomy from Encyclopedia of Life

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Angiosperm phylogeny. This image is copyrighted. Rights owned by Theodore C.H.Cole (Heidelberg) and Hartmut H. Hilger (Berlin) 2010. Please obtain copyright permissions before reuse.
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Taxon Value
Regnum (Kingdom) Plantae
Division Magnoliophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Nymphaeales
Family Nymphaeaceae
Genus Nymphaea
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Aloe veraAloe vera, Medicinal aloe, Burn plantGheekumari घीकुमारी
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DivisionTaxon detailsTaxon morphology details
MagnoliophytaAlso called Angiospermae. The ancestors of flowering plants diverged from gymnosperms around 245–202 million years ago, and the first flowering plants known to exist are from 140 million years ago. They diversified enormously during the Lower Cretaceous and became widespread around 100 million years ago, but replaced conifers as the dominant trees only around 60-100 million years ago.These are seed plants like Gymnosperms, but can be differentiated by the presence of flowers, seeds containing endosperm and seeds that produce a fruit. Angiosperms are the most diverse and highly evolutionarily successful group of land plants.
SpeciesClassCommon nameCommon Hindi name
Acacia niloticaMagnoliopsidaArabic Gum, Black Piquant, Egyptian thorn, Prickly acaciaबबूल Babool,कीकर Kikar
Saraca indicaMagnoliopsidaAshokaअशोक Ashok
Adansonia digitataMagnoliopsidaBaobabGorakh imli गोरख इमली
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ClassTaxon detailsTaxon morphology details
MagnoliopsidaMagnoliopsida is the scientific name for dicots. This class contains about ~1,99,350 species of Angiosperms. Eudicots are a subset of Dicots. Based on chloroplast DNA sequences, the divergence date between monocots and dicots is estimated to be ~200 million years, with a 40 million years uncertainty.Dicots are diverse in habit, with half of all the species being more or less woody-stemmed - a reflection of the usual presence of a vascular cambium in the class. Annuals, biennials, vines, epiphytes, aquatics, parasites, and saprotrophs are also well represented in dicots. Vascular bundles of the stem are usually borne in a ring that encloses the pith. Vessel elements present except in some putatively primitive woody or aquatic families. Most dicots have a primary root system derived from the radicle, although some have an adventitious root system commonly seen in the class of monocots. Cotyledons are usually 2, seldom 1, 3, or 4. Leaves are mostly net-veined.
SpeciesOrderCommon nameCommon Hindi name
Nymphaea stellataNymphaealesBlue water lily, Red and blue water lily', Blue star water lily, Star lotusNeelkamal नीलकमल
Nelumbo nuciferaNymphaealesWater Lily, Lotus, Sacred Lotus, East Indian Lotusकमल Kamal
SpeciesFamilyCommon nameCommon Hindi name
Nymphaea stellataNymphaeaceaeBlue water lily, Red and blue water lily', Blue star water lily, Star lotusNeelkamal नीलकमल
SpeciesGenusCommon nameCommon Hindi name
Nymphaea stellataNymphaeaBlue water lily, Red and blue water lily', Blue star water lily, Star lotusNeelkamal नीलकमल

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Morphology from Encyclopedia of Life

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General morphology

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General morphological features of the plant Rhizomes erect, unbranched. Leaf blade elliptic-orbicular to orbicular, 7--15(--45) cm in diam., papery, abaxially glabrous, peltate a few mm from base of sinus, base cordate, basal lobes parallel to spreading, margin subentire to deeply crenate. Flower slightly emergent, 3--15 cm in diam. Calyx insertion on receptacle circular; sepals lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, 2.5--8 cm, slightly veined, persistent. Petals 10--30, white tinged with purple, blue, or purple-red, linear-oblong to lanceolate, 4.5--5 cm, transition to stamens gradual. Filament of inner stamens ± as wide as anther; connective apically appendaged. Carpels only partially united, walls between locules of ovary double. Stigma rays (8--)10--30; carpellary appendages triangular-tapered. Fruit globose, 1.5--4.5 cm in diam. Seeds ellipsoid-globose, 0.5--1.3 mm, with longitudinal rows of hairs."Rhizomes erect, unbranched. Leaf blade elliptic-orbicular to orbicular, 7--15(--45) cm in diam., papery, abaxially glabrous, peltate a few mm from base of sinus, base cordate, basal lobes parallel to spreading, margin subentire to deeply crenate. Flower slightly emergent, 3--15 cm in diam. Calyx insertion on receptacle circular; sepals lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, 2.5--8 cm, slightly veined, persistent. Petals 10--30, white tinged with purple, blue, or purple-red, linear-oblong to lanceolate, 4.5--5 cm, transition to stamens gradual. Filament of inner stamens ± as wide as anther; connective apically appendaged. Carpels only partially united, walls between locules of ovary double. Stigma rays (8--)10--30; carpellary appendages triangular-tapered. Fruit globose, 1.5--4.5 cm in diam. Seeds ellipsoid-globose, 0.5--1.3 mm, with longitudinal rows of hairs." cannot be used as a page name in this wiki. EoL through eFloras
Seed dispersal mechanism Hydrophily (By water), Entomophily (By insects)
Bloom type Perennial
Life cycle of the plant Fl. Jul--Dec. 2n = 28, 56, 84. EoL through eFloras

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Type of plant Woody (Tree/Shrub)
Plant height
Flower color Blue, Lavender/Purple
Flower shape
Floral symmetry Radial
Phyllotaxy of leaves
Leaf shape
Is the leaf petiolated or sessile?
Is the leaf simple or compound?

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IUCN Conservation Status
Indian States in which the species has been documented
Locations at which the species has been documented
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Details about the habitat
Is this species native to India? Yes
Is the species indigenous/endemic to Sub-Himalayan regions?
Is the species indigenous/endemic to Western Ghats?
Is the species indigenous/endemic to Eastern Ghats?

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Eastern Ghats
Western Ghats
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Acrostichum aureumGolden leatherfern, Mangrove fernFernNortheastern Himalayas
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Outlying Islands
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Does this species have any medicinal use? Yes

Other plants of the same family having medicinal use:

Species nameCommon nameCommon Hindi nameFamilyAilment typeMedicinal use description
Nymphaea stellataBlue water lily, Red and blue water lily', Blue star water lily, Star lotusNeelkamal नीलकमलNymphaeaceae
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General types of ailments this species is used for treating
Specific ailments for which the species is used
Medicinal systems which use this plant Ayurveda, Folk Medicine
Details of Medicinal use
Parts of the plant used for treatment
Names of some medicinal active compounds in this plant, if known.
Details of the active chemical compounds found in this plant
Is the molecular basis of the medicinal action known?
Details of molecular basis of action
Are the toxic effects of consumption of this plant known?
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Have there been validation/clinical studies related to this plant?
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Is this plant/plant-derived product used in food preparations?
Part(s) of the plant used in the food preparations
Details of use in food preparations
Does this species have any religious significance? Yes User-reported
Religions which mention/give significance to this species Buddhism
Religious occasions
Details of religious use

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Is this plant cultivated commercially in India? Yes
Uses for which the plant is commercially cultivated Human consumption, Ornamental use
Plant parts of commercial value Entire plant, Flower
Products where this plant is used User-reported
Description of use
States where this plant is cultivated commercially
Best period for planting this plant
Best period for harvesting this plant
Method of propagation
Water requirement of this plant High
Pests and Diseases affecting this plant during cultivation
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  1. Studies on single genes, where people try to sequence genes such as some specific dehydrogenases important,say, for tannin production
  2. Sequences of Ribosomal Internal Transcribed Spacer, whose sequence is used for generating molecular phylogenetic trees to establish species relationships
  3. Expressed Sequence Tags (ESTs) which can tell about which genes are present and expressed in the species at a particular time in the given tissue

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Are herbarium specimen available for this species?
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References

EoL (Web): Encyclopedia of Life entry, Accessdate=2010-10-23


eFloras (Web): eFloras of China, Accessdate=2010-10-23


Flowers of India (Web): Flowers of India entry, Accessdate=2010-10-23


Wikipedia (Web): Wikipedia entry, Accessdate=2010-10-23