Some people may not think Nymphaea Nangkwag'
is the most beautiful waterlily, but it is one of the most interesting.
It displays the unusual characteristic of very long and sometimes
twisted sepals not seen in other tropical varieties. In searching
the literature for Nangkwag, I discover nothing about
My father, Dr. Slearmlarp Wasuwat, tells me that his friend,
who owned a waterlily shop at Tay-wait area of Bangkok, ordered
some pink waterlilies from India and then gave him one to grow
in 1983. He told Dr. Slearmlarp that he called it Nangkwag
because the sepals look like the fingers of a woman beckoning
The word nangkwag or nang kwak in
Thailand has two meanings: the first one means the woman waving
her hand at you; the second is the name of a spirit thought to
bring money into the household or business. Sometimes the waterlily
is called Indian Goddess in English.