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Blue Water Lily

Nymphaea violacea


Australian water lilies include at least 9 species. This species, Nymphaea violacea, is found in northern Queensland, northern parts of the Northern Territory, and the Kimberly region of Western Australia. The large flowers are borne on long stalks up to 30 cm above the water surface and may be violet, blue or white in colour. The lily pads also have a very distinctive shape. This water lily is a bush tucker plant of the Aborigines in northern Australia. The tuber, stem, flowers and seeds are all edible.


Pond at the Mt. Coot-tha Botanical Gardens in Brisbane QLD.


Just to throw confusion into the mix with what I thought was a straightforward spotting ID, there is also another species that this spotting could be - the Cape Blue Waterlily, aka Blue Lotus (Nymphaea caerulea). It is a non-native species, but has been naturalised in coastal parts of eastern Australia.

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QLD, Australia

Lat: -27.48, Long: 152.98

Spotted on Mar 22, 2015
Submitted on Mar 24, 2015

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