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Nymphaea rudgeana G.Mey.

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Nymphaea rudgeana populates both stagnant and slow-moving streams. It is also easy to find it in brackish water. This water lily is mostly found in to 1-2m deep habitats.

Native to: Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Leeward Is., Mexico Southeast, Nicaragua, Panamá, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Trinidad-Tobago, Venezuela, Windward Is.

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Natasha Khardina
GPS
12.6034260, 10000.0000000
Geographical region
Central America
Drainage Basin
River catchment
Water body type
Laguna
Water body name
Moyua
Water body part
Water body course
Water body: tributary of
Tributary name
Type locality
Para, Brazil
Conservation status/IUCN Red List
Not Evaluated (NE)
Listed in CITES
No

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Water Chemistry

Water information

Water type
Fresh water
Water color
Clear water
Water transparency
Medium
Concentration of sediments
Medium
Water temperature
23-29 °C
Water flow/curent
Slow

Chemical parameters

pH
6.5-8.0
Conductivity
GH
1-12 mg/l
KH
Dissolved Oxygen

Phytology

Plant form
Submersed
Plant type
Rhizomatous
Plant size
25 cm
Plant growth rate
Moderate
Plant light demand
High
CO2
Low
Aquarium equipment

For the satisfactory growth are recommended a loamy fertile substrate and medium-high lighting. Medium sized rosettes, heavily laden with pinkish leaves, are easy to grow in the aquarium. The emerged leaves are relatively rare to observe, making it an excellent plant for growing in the aquarium.

Plant care

Nymphaea rudgeana has a robust rhizome and does not produce stolons. Leaf lamina in aquarium with petiole up to 25cm, and up to 15cm in size, mostly orbicular, whole, with pink shades. Round apex; rounded acute basal lobes, widely spread apart. Floating leaves, in their own habitat, up to 45cm large, irregularly indented on the margin, with 11-23 veins. Flowers cream, yellowish or dull purple red, about 7-10cm in size, 4 sepals; 12-29 petals; 39-186 stamens, with appendages; stigmatic disc with 11-31 spokes.

Water care

Nymphaea rudgeana is a very rare plant to find on the market but extremely simple to grow. Trouble-free cultivation can be easily achieved in soft to medium hard water with pH ranging from weakly acidic to slightly alkaline.

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