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Nymphaea × marliacea   (Marlia's Waterlily)

Nymphaea × marliacea  (NYMPHAECEAE.) 
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Profile Date Aug-22 (taxon update: Aug-2022)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2022). Nymphaea marliacea - datasheet created on Aug-22. Retrieved from on 22-Jun-2024

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Nymphaea × marliaceaLat.-Marl.
Published in Garden (London, 1871-1927) 33: 292 (1888)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

No Main Synonyms

Plant Family :

Nymphaeceae Salisb. (The Water Lilies Family)
2 species from the Nymphaeceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Marlia's Waterlily

Maltese name(s) :

Warda tal-ilma ta' Marlia

Status for Malta :

Naturalised Alien. Species that was introduced in Malta after year 1492 (Columbus' discovery of the New World) and spreads and integrates to form established, non-invasive populations. Species may become become invasive if it widespreads rapidly.

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent     Scarce     Rare    Very rare    Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: HYDROPHYTE ( living only or mostly in water )
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection :

Not legally protected till the last update of this website (2/Mar/2022)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :

June – September

Colour of Flowers:

Cream or Yellow


Not particularly toxic

Name Derivation :


Planting in rural areas :

Cannot be planted in the wild (rural areas) since the species may be invasive (see ERA guidelines)

Remarks :

Introduced in artificial ponds and open reservoirs where they seem to survive throughout all the year so far water does not dry in summer. This old hybrid exist in several horticultural varieties in different colour forms such as white(albida) pink (rosea) and the one seen in Malta with light yellow flowers as the 'chromatella' variety

Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Preferred habitat in Malta: Water ponds, open reservoirs, farmland with open wells, and similar permanently flooded areas
Botanical Description: Data will be available in the next update of this website.

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New records, Locations and Taxonomic Updates for some Alien Species in the Maltese Islands (Poster Presentation) Stephen Mifsud  (2019)
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Species Images (8 images)
   Nymphaea × marliacea   -   Image Code: NYPMR-0.
   Nymphaea × marliacea   -   Image Code: NYPMR-1.
   Nymphaea × marliacea   -   Image Code: NYPMR-2.
   Nymphaea × marliacea   -   Image Code: NYPMR-3.
   Nymphaea × marliacea   -   Image Code: NYPMR-4.
   Nymphaea × marliacea   -   Image Code: NYPMR-5.
   Nymphaea × marliacea   -   Image Code: NYPMR-6.
   Nymphaea × marliacea   -   Image Code: NYPMR-7.

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