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Nymphaea elegans Hook.
Blue waterlily, Tropical royalblue waterlily

Nymphaea elegans
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Family: Nymphaeaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Freshwater Aquatic

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Southeastern United States, the West Indies (Bahamas) and Mexico.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Imperiled

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

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Nymphaea elegans has been found in the following 13 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Big Cypress National Preserve Present Native
Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve Present Native
Collier-Seminole State Park Present Native
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Present Native
Everglades National Park Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park Present Native
Fred C. Babcock-Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area Present Native
Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest, Okaloacoochee Slough Wildlife Management Area Present Native
Okaloacoochee Slough Wildlife Management Area - FWC, Okaloacoochee Slough Wildlife Management Area Present Native
Picayune Strand State Forest Present Native
Prairie Pines Preserve Present Native
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve Present Native
Yellow Fever Creek Preserve Present Native

Nymphaea elegans has been found in the following 4 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Charlotte County Native
Collier County Native
Hendry County Native
Lee County Native

Nymphaea elegans has been found in the following 3 habitats :
Disturbed Wetland
Dome Swamp
Strand Swamp

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Nymphaea elegans
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Nymphaea elegans
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Nymphaea elegans
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Nymphaea elegans
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Nymphaea elegans
Copyright by: Shirley Denton
Nymphaea elegans
Copyright by: Shirley Denton