Nymphaea nouchali


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Nymphaea nouchali
Species Authority: Burm.f.
Nymphaea caerulea Savigny
Nymphaea calliantha Conard
Nymphaea capensis Thunb.
Nymphaea mildbraedii Gilg
Nymphaea ovalifolia Conard
Nymphaea petersiana Klotszch
Taxonomic Notes:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2010-03-24
Assessor(s): Gupta, A.K.
Reviewer(s): Bhat, G.K., Augustine, J., Rao, M.L.V., Dahanukar, N. & Molur, S.
Widespread species with no known major widespread threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: It is native to temperate and tropical Asia (Afghanistan to China, and south to Papua New Guinea), Australia and tropical Africa.
Afghanistan; Angola (Angola); Australia; Bangladesh; Cambodia; China; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Egypt (Egypt (African part)); India; Indonesia; Kenya; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Lesotho; Malawi; Malaysia; Mozambique; Myanmar; Namibia (Caprivi Strip, Namibia (main part)); Nepal; Pakistan; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Somalia; South Africa; South Sudan; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Swaziland; Taiwan, Province of China; Thailand; Uganda; Viet Nam; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: This is a common species. Population trends are unknown.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Commonly found growing in stagnant water pools or ponds. It is a rooted aquatic herb.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: It is used as ornamental plant (mostly from cultivated sources) and it has medicinal value. Lotus honey is very valuable in Ayusha (Indian) and Unanis (Islamic) system of therapeutics. It has antihepatotoxic and antidiabetic properties. It is also used as a vegetable in Lao PDR and Cambodia.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No major threats to the species are known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None known.

Citation: Gupta, A.K. 2013. Nymphaea nouchali. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.
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