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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

New Hybrids of
Nymphaea subgenus Anecphya and subgenus Brachyceras
by Carlos Magdalena - Click images to enlarge

In WGI ONLINE Journal 3.3 we feature Carlos' miniature hybrids of N. carpentariae x N. minuta. In this issue, he shares several other new intersubgeneric hybrids that are simply astounding. Below find startling contrast, the strangely beautiful, and the first plant with an Australian-type flower and variegated leaves.

N. georginae (Subgenus Anecphya) x N. colorata (Subgenus Brachyceras

 
     

 

 

N. georginae x N. colorata:

Several seeds were collected from a cross-pollination of a white form of N. georginae as pod parent and blue N. colorata as pollen parent. I have grown many seedlings but I just allowed two to develop to flowering size, with almost identical results. This seems to be a very good intersubgeneric for several reasons. It has red stamens on the first day that turn orange as pollen of that colour sheds over the next few days. The contrast with the "almost white petals" (they have a hint of pale blue) is quite impressive.
  Despite being in small pots, it seems to flower freely, sometimes opening two blooms at once and then opening further blooms day in and day out. It seems to be more vigorous than N. 'Yashusiro' when grow side by side. Tubers have formed in the seedlings that were grown in yogurt size pots, but the ones grown in half-litre (half-quart) pots keep going just with regular feeding. Flowers are large, lightly scented and do not close when shaded. Leaves are very similar to the mother N. georginae in that they resemble a large size N. lotos, due to their nervation and serrate edge. It sheds pollen, so far sterile.... 

N. georginae (Subgenus Anecphya) x
N. minuta (Subgenus Brachyceras)

 

 

N. georginae x N. minuta:

Again, several seeds were gathered from a single pollination. Of the three specimens raised to blooming size, all have turned out to be pure white. Not many petals, but very long and narrow and on a long flower stalk that has black dots and dashes (as N. georginae). In sunny conditions the petals and sepals bend backwards making the stamens and ovary the highest point in the flower, giving the flower an unusual look. Not the blousiest of the Nymphaeas, it is nevertheless unusual, odd and elegant. It seems to be smaller than N. georginae, but is much larger than the N. carpentariae x N. minuta cross, dwarf if compared to an Anephya gigantea group, but just "small" for a Brachyceras Nymphaea. It sheds pollen but is so far sterile.


 N. georginae (Subgenus Anecphya) x
N. nouchali from Australia (Subgenus Brachyceras)
 


N. georginae x Australian N. nouchali:

As seen in the pictures, it is quite similar to N. georginae x N. minuta: white blooms, no striking colours in the stamens, medium in size ... Petals seem to be a bit less narrow than georginae x minuta, but still, they are long with acute ends (but do not bend backwards as much). Some white can be observed at the tip of outer stamens. The leaves are almost identical to georginae x minuta. However, it can be easily identified as it does not have "dots and dashes" on the flower petiole and sepals as georginae x minuta does. Interesting fact that minuta and Aussie nouchali do not seem to differ much when used as pollen parents. Does this support or suggest that they are closely related? This plant does sheds pollen but so far seems sterile as pod parent.

 

N. georginae
(Subgenus Anecphya)
x
Unknown
subgenus
Brachyceras 

 

 

N. georginae x unknown Brachyceras:

After several seeds were gathered, several seedlings were grown. It is the first Anecphya-like flower with blotched leaves. Pads are large and serrated, with splashes of reddish-brown like that found in many Brachyceras. It blooms really freely, on very long stalks, producing star shape flowers with changing colours of blue to mauve, turning pink in the last days of the flowering cycle, just before sinking. Sepals have a red stripe; stamens are yellow, blue or yellow with blue tips; petals tend to be darker towards the tip and almost white towards its base. Ovary is almost red. It does not produce any pollen, and fails to set seed when used as pod parent with either Anecphya and Brachyceras as pollen parent. It is a very vigorous plant, actually difficult to get to go dormant!

More detail of N. georginae x Unknown Brachyceras

N. georginae
mum

Cross

 Unknown
Brachyceras dad
 

Flowers
 

     

 

     
 

Stamens 
 

 

     
 

Pads
 

 

 

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