Australian New Crops Info 2016
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Listing of Interesting Plants of the World:

Nymphaea elegans



This species is usually known as:

Nymphaea elegans


This species has no synonyms in The Plant List


Common names:

Tropical Royalblue Waterlily, Tropical Royalblue Water-Lily, Blue Water Lily



Trends (five databases) 1901-2013:
[Number of papers mentioning Nymphaea elegans: 15]



Popularity of Nymphaea elegans over time
[Left-hand Plot: Plot of numbers of papers mentioning Nymphaea elegans (histogram and left hand axis scale of left-hand plot) and line of best fit, 1901 to 2013 (equation and % variation accounted for in box); Right-hand Plot: Plot of a proportional micro index, derived from numbers of papers mentioning Nymphaea elegans as a proportion (scaled by multiplying by one million) of the approximate total number of papers available in databases for that year (frequency polygon and left-hand axis scale of right-hand plot) and line of best fit, 1901 to 2013 (equation and % variation accounted for in box)] 

[For larger charts showing the numbers of papers that have mentioned this species over years, select this link; there are links to come back from there]



[Total number of keywords included in the papers that mentioned this species: 41]


Nymphaeaceae (2), Athalassohaline (1), Benthos (1), Biosynthesis (1), chemical structure (1), Classification (1), flavones (1), Florida Everglades (1), isoflavones (1), Macrophytes (1), Mesocosm (1), Mexico (1), Morphology (1), Nekton (1), Nymphaea (1), Nymphaea ampla (1), Nymphaea elegans (1), Nymphaea gracilis (1), Nymphaea pulchella (1), Oxidosqualene (1), Phenetics (1), Phylogenetic tree (1), phytochemicals (1), Plankton (1), plant extracts (1), rhamnopyranosylisoflavone (1), Saponin(s) (1), Seeds (1), Self-organization (1), spectral analysis (1), stereochemistry (1), Steroids (1), Substituent(s) (1), Sugar chain(s) (1), Systematics (1), triterpenoid saponins (1), Triterpenoid skeleton(s) (1), Vertebrates (1), water lilies (1), xylopyranosylisoflavone (1)


[If all keywords are not here (as indicated by .....), they can be accessed from this link; there are links to come back from there]



Most likely scope for crop use/product (%):
[Please note: When there are only a few papers mentioning a species, care should be taken with the interpretation of these crop use/product results; as well, a mention may relate to the use of a species, or the context in which it grows, rather than a product]


aquatic (87.49), grain legume (3.96), fruit (3.94), medicinal (0.60), timber (0.55), poison (0.44), weed (0.33), ornamental (0.28), starch (0.20), cereal (0.14)…..


[To see the full list of crop use/product outcomes, from searching abstracts of the papers that have mentioned this species, select this link; details of the analysis process have also been included; there are links to come back from there]



Recent mentions of this species in the literature:
[since 2012, with links to abstracts; The references from 1901-2013 which have been used for the trend, keyword and crop use/product analyses below, are listed below these references]


Villaseñor JL (2016) Checklist of the native vascular plants of Mexico. Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 87, 559-902.



References 1901-2013 (and links to abstracts):
[Number of papers mentioning Nymphaea elegans: 15; Any undated papers have been included at the end]


Bianchini Jr I, Cunha-Santino M and Panhota R (2011) Oxygen uptake from aquatic macrophyte decomposition from Piraju Reservoir (Piraju, SP, Brazil). Braz J Biol 71, 27-35.

Endress PK (2010) The evolution of floral biology in basal angiosperms. Phil Trans R Soc B 365, 411-421.

Fonseca BM and Bicudo CEDM (2010) How important can the presence/absence of macrophytes be in determining phytoplankton strategies in two tropical shallow reservoirs with different trophic status? J. Plankton Res. 32, 31-46.

La-ongsri W, Trisonthi C and Balslev H (2009) A synopsis of Thai Nymphaeaceae. Nordic Journal of Botany 27, 97-114.

Vincken J-P, Heng L, de Groot A and Gruppen H (2007) Saponins, classification and occurrence in the plant kingdom. Phytochemistry 68, 275-297.

Marquina S, Bonilla-Barbosa J and Alvarez L (2005) Comparative phytochemical analysis of four Mexican Nymphaea species. Phytochemistry. 66, 921-927.

Bonilla-Barbosa J, Novelo A, Hornelas Orozco Y and Márquez-Guzmán J (2000) Comparative seed morphology of Mexican Nymphaea species. Aquatic Botany 68, 189-204.

Alcocer J and Hammer UT (1998) Saline lake ecosystems of Mexico. Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management 1, 291-315.

Adey WH, Finn M, Kangas P, Lange L, Luckett C and Spoon DM (1996) A Florida Everglades Mesocosm — model veracity after four years of self-organization. Ecological Engineering 6, 171-224.

(1986) Aquatic Botany, volumes 1–25, May 1975–October 1986. Aquatic Botany 25, 227-383.

Capperino ME and Schneider EL (1985) Floral biology of Nymphaea mexicana zucc. (Nymphaeaceae). Aquatic Botany 23, 83-93.

Giesen TG and Van der Velde G (1983) Ultraviolet reflectance and absorption patterns in flowers of Nymphaea alba L., Nymphaea candida presl and Nuphar lutea (L.) Sm. (Nymphaeaceae). Aquatic Botany 16, 369-376.

(1982) Subject index. Aquatic Botany 12, 396-400.

(1982) Author index. Aquatic Botany 12, 393-395.

Edward L S (1982) Notes on the floral biology of Nymphaea elegans (nymphaeaceae) in Texas. Aquatic Botany 12, 197-200.

(1888) RECORD OF CURRENT LITERATURE. Ann. Bot. os-2, i-.


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