Andre Leu Photo

 New Australian
Waterlily Species Named
November, 2005

by Andre Leu
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Dr. Surrey Jacobs and Dr. Barre Hellquist have named three new species of Australian (subgenus Anecphya) waterlilies. The descriptions are expected to be published soon in Telopea, Journal of Plant Systematics, published by the National Herbarium of New South Wales, Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust.

N. carpentariae
Andre Leu Photo
Walter Pagels and I found two of the new species in Normanton, Queensland, in 2000 (see Field Collecting Australian Water Lilies, Expedition 2000-2001) and initially identified them as N. gigantea and N. violacea. Several year ago I suggested that the larger Normanton lilies were a new species (see The Normanton Lilies - A New Species?). They are now called Nymphaea carpentariae after the Gulf of Carpentaria. N. 'Andre Leu' is a cultivar of N. carpentariae

Andre Leu Photo

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N. carpentariae
William Phillips Photo

 < The deep pink lily that I found at Normanton and William Phillips later named for me, N. 'Andre Leu', is a selection of N. carpentariae. >

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More than a year later I postulated that a small white lily from Normanton that Walter and I thought was N. violacea was a new species (see Expedition 2002). It is now called Nymphaea alexii. Surrey Jacobs named it after his grandson. I told Surrey and Barre where it could be found earlier this year and, as soon as they saw it, they realised that it was new species. It is only found in two sites.

N. alexii - Andre Leu Photo

They have named a third species N. georginae. Barre and Surrey found this species in the Georgina River in Western Queensland near the Northern Territory Border. It has characteristics of N. carpentariae and N. macrosperma. They are waiting for more DNA work to done, especially for N. violacea. It looks like this will be divided into several new species.

Field Collecting Australian Water Lilies, Expedition 2000-2001
Expedition 2002 | The Normanton Lilies - A New Species?
New Australian Waterlily Species Recognized in Telopea, 2006

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