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

Nymphaea gigantea



This species name is described as Unresolved in The Plant List


This species has no synonyms in The Plant List


No common names have been found



Trends (five databases) 1901-2013:
[Number of papers mentioning Nymphaea gigantea: 11]



Popularity of Nymphaea gigantea over time
[Left-hand Plot: Plot of numbers of papers mentioning Nymphaea gigantea (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 gigantea 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: 20]


18S rRNA (1), Australia (1), Biodiversity (1), Biogeographic regions (1), Chloroplast DNA (1), Ecosystems (1), Foliage projective cover (1), Invertebrates (1), ITS2-4 (1), matK (1), Molecular phylogeny (1), Nymphaeales (1), Overstory (1), plant taxonomy (1), Productivity (1), rbcL (1), Structure (1), Understory (1), Vegetation (1), Vertebrates (1)


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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]


oilseed/fat (97.44), medicinal (0.30), timber (0.27), fruit (0.22), poison (0.22), weed (0.17), ornamental (0.14), starch (0.10), cereal (0.07), nutraceutical (0.07)…..


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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]


Povilus RA, Losada JM and Friedman WE (2015) Floral biology and ovule and seed ontogeny of Nymphaea thermarum, a water lily at the brink of extinction with potential as a model system for basal angiosperms. Ann. Bot. 115, 211-226.

Halford JJ and Fensham RJ (2014) Vegetation and environmental relations of ephemeral subtropical wetlands in central Queensland, Australia. Australian journal of botany. 62, 6.



References 1901-2013 (and links to abstracts):
[Number of papers mentioning Nymphaea gigantea: 11; Any undated papers have been included at the end]


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

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

Volkman JK, Revill AT, Bonham PI and Clementson LA (2007) Sources of organic matter in sediments from the Ord River in tropical northern Australia. Organic Geochemistry 38, 1039-1060.

Podoplelova Y and Ryzhakov G (2005) Phylogenetic analysis of the order Nymphaeales based on the nucleotide sequences of the chloroplast ITS2-4 region. Plant Science 169, 606-611.

Doran AS, Les DH, Moody ML and Phillips WE (2004) Nymphaea ‘William Phillips’, a New Intersubgeneric Hybrid. HortScience 39, 446-447.

Les DH, Moody ML, Doran AS and Phillips WE (2004) A Genetically Confirmed Intersubgeneric Hybrid in Nymphaea L. (Nymphaeaceae Salisb.). HortScience 39, 219-222.

Specht RL and Specht A (2001) Australia, Ecosystems of. In ‘Encyclopedia of Biodiversity’ (Ed.^(Eds Editor-in-Chief:   Simon AL) pp. 307-324. (Elsevier: New York).

Donald H L (1997) The waterlilies: A monograph of the genus nymphaea: By H.S. Conard. Lark Publications, Suffolk, UK, 1991 (facsimile reprint of 1905 edn. with an introduction by Philip Swindells). viii + xiii + 279 pp. + 30 plates, £95.00 (hardcover), £28.00 (paperback), ISBN 0-948697-17-2. Aquatic Botany 56, 165-167.

Grosse W, Bernhard Büchel H and Tiebel H (1991) Pressurized ventilation in wetland plants. Aquatic Botany 39, 89-98.

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.

Landon KC (1978) Infraspecific classification of Nymphaea gigantea (Nymphaeaceae). Phytologia. 40, 5.

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

Louis Specht R, Specht A and Editor-in-Chief: Simon AL Australia, Biodiversity of Ecosystems. In ‘Encyclopedia of Biodiversity (Second Edition)’ (Ed.^(Eds  pp. 291-306. (Academic Press: Waltham).


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