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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Nymphaeaceae (waterlily family)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Order: Nymphaeales

Three genera and 58 species (worldwide) with one genus (Nymphaea) and three species native to southern Africa, one species that is naturalised, and an additional genus and species that is cultivated in the region.

Genera native to southern Africa


About 40 species worldwide (cosmopolitan), with three species native to southern Africa and one naturalised.

Other genera, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002). The species name is listed if there is only one species of the genus that is cultivated.

Victoria amazonica (Giant water lily)

Native to Brazil and the Guianas.

Nelumbo used to be included under Nymphaeaceae, but now falls in the Nelumbonaceae in the order Proteales.