Meghalaya Red Water Lily
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Meghalaya Red Water Lily
P Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Meghalaya Red Water Lily
Botanical name: Nymphaea x khurooi    Family: Nymphaeaceae (Waterlily family)
Synonyms: Nymphaea alba x Nymphaea odorata

Meghalaya Red Water Lily is a hybrid betwen Nymphaea alba and Nymphaea odorata which is found and cultivated for long in Meghalaya (Dkhar, Ann.Bot.Fennici 48, 317-324, 2011), and now also located in Kashmir (Hassan, 2020). It has recently been named for Anzar Khuroo, a botanist and conservationist at Kashmir University. It does not set seed. The plant has a horizontal rhizome. The leaves are not toothed, are thick with impressed veins without any mottling. Flowers are small with 23-28 petals, 75-100 stamens and 17-22 carpels. Flowers are various beautiful shades of red.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Shillong, Meghalaya.

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