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Taxon: Nymphaea tetragona Georgi

Genus: Nymphaea
Subgenus: Nymphaea
Section: Chamaenymphaea
Family: Nymphaeaceae
Nomen number: 25446
Place of publication: Bemerk. Reise Russ. Reich 1:220. 1775
Link to protologue:
Comment: non Nymphaea tetragona auct. E. Asian (= N. pygmaea (Salisb.) W. T. Aiton)
Name Verified on: 20-Dec-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 1 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System (Map)

Autonyms (not in current use) and synonyms:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental; ornamental; ornamental

Distributional Range:


    • SIBERIA: Russian Federation [Buryatia, Tuva, Yakutia-Sakha, Altay, Krasnoyarsk, Chelyabinsk, Chita, Irkutsk, Kemerovo, Novosibirsk, Sverdlovsk, Tomsk, Tyumen, Yamal Nenets (s.)]
    • MIDDLE ASIA: Kazakhstan [Alma-Ata (e.), East Kazakhstan (e.), North Kazakhstan, Pavlodar oblysy]
    • MONGOLIA: Mongolia
    • RUSSIAN FAR EAST: Russian Federation [Khabarovsk, Primorye, Amur, Kamchatka, Magadan, Sakhalin]
    • CHINA: China (n.?)
    • EASTERN ASIA: Japan, [Hokkaidô] Korea

    • INDIAN SUBCONTINENT: India [Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh (n.)]
    • INDO-CHINA: Myanmar (n.?)

    • NORTHERN EUROPE: Finland
    • EASTERN EUROPE: Russian Federation [Chuvashia, Karelia, Komi, Mari-El, Arkhangelsk, Kirov, Kostroma, Leningrad, Moscow, Murmansk (s.), Perm, Pskov, Samara, Tver, Vologda]

    Northern America
    • SUBARCTIC AMERICA: Canada, [Northwest Territories (s.w.)] United States [Alaska]
    • WESTERN CANADA: Canada [Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, British Columbia]
    • NORTHWESTERN U.S.A.: United States [Washington (n.w. (extirpated))]

    Cultivated (also cult.)


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Check other web resources for Nymphaea tetragona Georgi :

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?25446. Accessed 20 September 2019.