Nymphaea pubescens Willd., Sp. Pl. 2: 1154 1799. (Syn: Nymphaea lotus var. pubescens (Willd.) Hook. f. & Thomson) as per The Plant List Ver. 1.1
Nymphaea nouchali var. pubescens (Willd.) Hook. fil. & Thoms. (syn: Nymphaea pubescens Willd.) as per Catalogue of Life;
Philippines (Luzon), tropical Asia, tropical Africa, peninsular Malaysia, Vietnam, Australia (Northern Territory, Queensland), Cuba (introduced) as per Catalogue of Life;
Indian Red Water Lily, Kanval, Koka, Lalakamal, Raktakamal,  Allitamara, Allitamarai, Nyadale huvu;


This is a wild species of Nymphaea appearing frequently after rains in roadside ditches..
I hope this is Nymphaea pubescens….please validate or correct the id..

I agree.

This another common aquatic plant in ponds and marshes, specially during this rainy season. ID keys available in Flora of Pakistan and in Flora of China tell me that this species is Nymphaea pubescens Willd.
Species : Nymphaea pubescens Willd. (Nymphaea lotus var. pubescens (WIld,) Hook. f. & Thoms.)
Bengali name : SHALOOK / SHAPLA / BHET
Habit & Habitat : aquatic herb, the flowers remain closed in late morning
Date : 18/8/12, 2.27 P.M.
Place : Hooghly

Recorded this common aquatic herb yesterday. I think this is the same species as in my earlier upload.
Species : Nymphaea pubescens Willd.
Bengali name : SHALUK or SHAPLA
Habit & Habitat : aquatic herb in a pond
Date : 18/10/12, 9/45 a.m.
Place : Barijhati (Hooghly)

Very nice crisp pictures, … any idea about the size of the leaf and the flower?
AND is this the Sapla we see in markets for eating?

My sense of dimension is very weak and that’s why i keep these days a ruler/scale with me. So, i am not sure, the flowers seems to be bigger than my palm and the leaf blades maybe 4 to 6 times.

We (my family) do not eat SHAPLA, KOCHU etc., so i cannot tell you. However, the same or/and similar looking plants are also known as BHET in rural area and some villagers eat those. You may like to see this site – http://whisperinggreens.blogspot.in/2011/10/lily-pop-anyone.html.

MBNN Fortnight-sk11 Shibpur-sk-Oct-32 (Nymphaeaceae) Nymphaea pubescens Willd. : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
They are wild, night bloomer, also remain open during morning under low light, say on cloudy days. These were recorded @ 9.45 am.

This set was recorded in another place, another time, at around 2.30 pm. Attachments (3)

Please ignore the place in the title… all in Hooghly

Thanks for detailed pics.

Sharing the pictures of Nymphaea pubescens
Family : Nymphaeceae
Saras Bag Pune


ID of waterlily: 2 images.
This plant was found growing in one of the artificial tanks of Bangalore.
Flowers were white and large with stamens having filaments a little yellowish at the tip. Probably cultivated variety.
I wanted its identification. I do know it is Nymphaeae but I am not able to track out its species name. Do help me in finding out the species level.

Nymphaea pubescens


Hooghly today – Nymphaea stellata Willd., possibly var. major Voigt (N. cyanea Roxb.) : (mixed thread): Attachments (12). 5 posts by 3 authors.

Oh great photographs

If I am not wrong then there are two species in the pond
1. one with darker green leaves and spinous-dentate margin (both are seen in images 92, 95 and 99). It should be N. pubecens.
2. One with light green leaves, smooth or repand-dentate blunt margins that could be N. nauchauli Burm.f. (syn N. stellata Willd.)

Yes Sir, you can not be wrong. There are two species, and i missed it. The one with darker green & spinous dentate leaves are of N. pubescens Willd. (FoP). And those two buds (in P1060399.jpg) might be of the N. pubescens that i think closes in bright daylight.
Thank you very much Sir for correcting me.

Requesting ID of this white Nymphaea – Jijamata Udyan – January 2014 :: 22012014 :: ARK-20 :  4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3).
Requesting to please ID this white Nymphaea captured in Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai in January 2014.

These may be useful in identification:

Nymphaea pubescens


Attached are pictures of Nymphaea pubescens captured at Mumbai in April 2013.

These water lilies are very confusing….


Sharing the images of Nymphaea pubescens from Anaikatti Coimbatore.

Nymphaea pubescens Willdenow, Sp. Pl. 2: 1154. 1799.

A distinctive species with spinulose leaf margins, leaves pubescent beneath, deeply cleft white veined sepals, photographed from Herbal Garden, Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi

MBNN Fortnight-sk14 Hooghly-sk-Oct-35 (Nymphaeaceae) unknown : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7).
I fail to place it under definite taxon. Wild in Hooghly, on 2-12-12 at 12.50 noon.

Looks like Nymphaea odorata

Thank you …, thank you …

Since it is wild it must be Nymphaea pubescens Willd. as per BSI key.


Nymphaea stellata Willd.SN Mar 15 :  Attachments (1). 1 post by 1 author.
Nymphaea stellata Willd, Fam Nymphaceae, wild hydrophyte, flowers in different colours. Leaf margin toothed.

It should be Nymphaea pubescens as leaves as per Keys available at Flora of China, Flora of Pakistan and BSI Flora of India


Lotus. – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Nymphaea pubescens @ Uran 21-09-10 – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Nymphaea pubescens Willd. [Nymphaeaceae] – efloraofindia | Google Groups
The transformation – white water lilies – efloraofindia | Google Groups


Please help with ID of this Nympheae species.. : (mixed thread): 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1) – 1.4 mb.
Petals bit violet in color (Not fully white).
Location- Sagar, shivamogga (WG), Karnataka
December 2016

Thanks, … Pl. check comparative images of for water lilies in efi.

Nymphaea species in eFloraofindia (with details/ keys from published papers/ regional floras/ FRLHT/ FOI/ Biotik/ efloras/ books etc., where ever available on net)

It may be Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea (Savigny) Verdc. The flower colour may vary from deep blue/red – white or intermediat, that is an intraspecific variation. Leaf margin is toothed, another important character is the hairs at the ventral side of the leaf. The hairs will be absent in N. nouchali

It should be Nymphaea pubescens as per images and keys herein.


Water Lily- from Rajarhat:
sharing the shot of a Water Lily from Rajarhat marshes of Kolkata outskirts.

Nymphaea sp

It is Nymphaea pubescens as per images herein.

SK959 26 JAN-2018 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Altitude: 60 ft.
Date: 11 June 2014 

It should be Nymphaea pubescens as per images and keys herein.


SK 3566 21 June 2022: 6 very high res. images.

Location: Dang, West Nepal
Altitude: 700m.
Date: 31 August 2021 
Habit : No idea 
Nymphaea pubescens Willd. ??

Yes, appears close to images at Nymphaea pubescens Willd.



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