This spectacular red aquarium/paludarium lily is a true centerpiece plant that can grow to an impressive size and produce beautiful flowers. Red Tiger Lotus Aquarium Lily (running in the aquaristics under the name of Nymphaea zenkeri, which il a synonym to Nymphaea lotus var. lotus, according to Plants of the World Online) is a remarkable red bulb plant that is native to Africa.
It is known for its triangular leaves and, as its name states, its deep red coloration. It can grow to a very large size of 80cm tall and 50cm wide under optimal conditions. It will sometimes flower when kept in shallow enough water or emersed conditions, so it is a terrific plant for paludariums as well.
Native to: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe.
Introduced into: Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil Southeast, Colombia, Costa Rica, Florida, Guyana, Louisiana, Mauritius, Panamá, Romania, Seychelles, Society Is., Venezuela.