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Nymphaea gardneriana "Santarem"

Santarém waterlily

Nymphaea gardneriana "Santarem"

Santarém waterlily

  • Interesting new waterliliy from South America
  • Low growth habit with strong lighting
  • Small olive-green to reddish leaves
  • Propagates by runners
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This remarkable, small waterlily from South America became known only recently as Nymphaea sp. "Santarem". It was apparently collected in the Brazilian Amazon region near Santarém and probably introduced to Japan first. It is said to belong to Nymphaea gardneriana that is widespread in tropical South America. In Europe it is still a little known rarity. Its submerged leaves display olive green, brownish to reddish tones with a slight dark red spot pattern. The younger leaf stalks are finely haired. The plant stays quite low, especially under intense lighting. It propagates under aquarium conditions by runners.

Nymphaea gardneriana "Santarem" has apparently no special demands, however we recommend nutrient-rich substrate, rather strong lighting and a good CO2 and nutrient supply via the water column. Low lighting causes long leaf stalks. Well-growing plants develop many runners in and above the ground, ending in young plantlets. Especially when the water level is low, this waterlily also develops floating leaves that can be removed if they are unwanted. However floating leaves should be left if development of flowers is desired. Nymphaea gardneriana is night-blooming as well as the related Nymphaea glandulifera; the white flowers are strongly scented.

This waterlily novelty looks nice in the foreground and midground. It offers interesting possibilities for the aquascaping, for example combined with slender driftwood and vertical, grass-like plants such as Eleocharis sp. "montevidensis". It forms a decorative group by its runners.

Please be aware that the submerse form of this plant could contain snails and other invertebrates.



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Emrah Y.
Die Seerose aus dem Amazonas !
14th March 2018
Nymphaea gardneriana "Santarem" - Single plant
Nymphaea gardneriana "Santarem" - Single plant

Sehr vermehrungsfreudige Seerose aus dem Südamerikanischen Kontinent. Für Biotop Aquarianer sehr zu empfehlen. Im Moment ist sie die einzige Seerose aus dem Kontinent im Handel. (read more)

6th February 2018
Nymphaea gardneriana "Santarem" - Single plant
Nymphaea gardneriana "Santarem" - Single plant

Hallo zusammen Die Nymphaea gardneriana "Santarem" kam im kleinen Pflanzen Körbchen an, war gut gewachsen und sehr gut durchwurzelt ; Zudem trug sie zwei kleine ... (read more)

Matthijs S.
Rare but small
2nd November 2017
Nymphaea gardneriana "Santarem" - Single plant
Nymphaea gardneriana "Santarem" - Single plant

I was super excited when I saw Aquasabi had these and even though they were the most expensive aquatics plants I ever bought, I thought it would be worth it... (read more)

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