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Registry and Checklist of
Nymphaea (Waterlily) Names

Explanation of the Format
by Kit Knotts, Compiler

 

To be strictly correct, a name is comprised of the genus and the epithet, i.e. Genus + Epithet = Name (Nymphaea + 'A. Siebert' = Full Name). Since I personally dislike the word "epithet" and for the sake of simplicity, I use the term "name" interchangeably with "epithet". What follows is a list of waterlily names, as complete as possible and current through January 2006. It numbers nearly 1,900.

All names in the list belong to Nymphaea Linnaeus (Species plantarum 1.510. 1753), so the Nymphaea or N. that should be at the beginning of each is left off for brevity. Obvious misspellings are not included. Additional names that are not accepted for various reasons or that refer to other genera are in a separate list, "Names Not Accepted", numbering nearly 200.

Those cultivar names which I believe to be published and established in accordance with the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants (ICNCP) 2004 are expressed in Plain Bold Print. Those names which are synonyms, that have been published but are not the correct names for the lilies in question, are expressed in Plain Print; they should not be reused in Nymphaea. Other names which appear in Plain Print are some about which more information is needed, and several that duplicate names already used and are therefore invalid. Species recognized as valid under the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (ICBN) are expressed in italic bold print and synonyms in italic print.

As a lay person, now familiar with but not an expert on the ICNCP and ICBN, it has continued to bother me that there has been no easy way determine which names refer to species (wild) plants and which to cultivars, particularly in older references where it was the custom to use Latinized form and italic print for all names, these now reserved for wild plant names. This was sometimes further complicated by preceding cultivar names with species names, some of which are accepted species today and some of which are not.

For clarity here, the following format has been used. All cultivar names appear in Plain Print, Bold and Regular, the originally published form in italics in the "Originally As" column. Where the literature clearly indicates that the epithet refers to a hybrid, the complete epithet is enclosed within single quotes and each word begins with a capital letter ('Odorata Sulphurea', 'Odorata Hermosa'). Where the epithet refers to a selection, form or variant of a currently accepted species but falls within code definitions of a cultivar, it appears as odorata 'Exquisita'. This is applied even though odorata is an accepted species in order to differentiate cultivars from accepted species and subspecies (odorata subsp. tuberosa) and from synonyms of species (odorata var. minor).

Following each valid cultivar name in the list is a capital letter or letters indicating its type when known. TD = Tropical Day Blooming, TDV = Tropical Day Blooming Viviparous, TN = Tropical Night Blooming, TNV = Tropical Night Blooming Viviparous, H = Hardy, HV = Hardy Viviparous, TDI = Tropical Day Blooming Intersubgeneric, HT = Hardy Tropical Intersubgeneric. Each species name is followed by the author and valid species names by the type as above and the subgenus to which they belong. If an image is available it is marked with Im, a gallery of images with ImG, an image gallery with cultivation notes with ImGN. Each entry contains the following underlined abbreviations. Available information follows each code.

De = Description, Registration = Link to WGI Registry, Pa = Parentage, O = Originator, DO = Date of Origin, OA = Originally As, AP = Author of Publication, P = Publication, VNP = Volume, Number, Page, PD = Publication Date, SCN = Synonym, Correction, Notes, Addendum = Additional information linked

This is, of course, a work in a constant state of change. Errors are inevitable and new information is always coming to light. Corrections and additions are welcome and can be sent to info@watergardenersinternational.org.

Names A-Z 2+M, not recommended for dialup connections

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L-Le | Li- Ly | M-Mar | Mas-My | N | O | P-Pe | Ph-Pi | Pl-Py-Q

R-Ri | Ro-Ru | S-So | Sp-Sy | T | U-V | W-X | Y-Z
Names Not Accepted | References
Copyright 2010 by Kit Knotts - May not be reproduced without permission

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