Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: February 5, 2001
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: An account of the vascular plants of China that includes one chapter for each plant family will be published in English. The Nymphaceae is a family of aquatic plants that are commonly known as water lilies. They are represented in China by three genera with eight species. In this chapter there is a description of the family followed by a key to the three genera of the Nymphaceae and a description of each genus. For each genus a key to the species known to occur in China is presented with description of each species. This publication will be used by botanists and horticulturalists to locate and identify plants as part of a study of the biodiversity of China.
The Nymphaceae of China are represented by the genus Nuphea Smith including two species, N. pumila (Timm) de Candolle with two subspecies and N. lutea (L.) Smith; Nymphaea L. including five species, N. alba L., N. candida C. Presl, N. tetragona Georgi, N. lotus L. var. pubescens (Willd.) J.D. Hooker & Thomson, and N. nouchali N.L. Burmann; and Euryale Salisbury including E. .ferox Salisbury. A key to the three genera of Nymphaceae is provided alon with keys to genera with more than one species. Each taxon is described.