From The Water Garden, William Tricker 1897

"Reproduced from a photograph and greatly reduced. This massive incurved flower with large broad shell-like petals is entirely distinct from all other tropical night blooming Nymphaeas in size, form, color, and general characteristics. The color is a bright rosy red, brilliant in the early morning sun and dazzling by artificial light. Like all tropical Nymphaeas, the plant delights in a high temperature, full sunshine, and pure air; where it can enjoy the same cultural conditions as Victoria regia it produces its magnificent flowers not in the least sparingly."

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