Nymphaea is a genus of aquatic plants in the family Nymphaeaceae, commonly known as water lilies. These plants are found in temperate and tropical regions throughout the world and are often associated with still or slow-moving bodies of water such as ponds and lakes.
Nymphaea plants have large, round leaves that float on the surface of the water and produce showy, fragrant flowers that rise above the water on long stalks. The flowers are typically large and come in a range of colors, including white, pink, yellow, and red. Nymphaea plants are important in aquatic ecosystems as they provide shade and shelter for fish and other aquatic animals.
In the aquarium hobby, Nymphaea plants are highly valued for their beauty and the natural atmosphere they create. They are often used as centerpiece plants, and their large leaves and showy flowers can add a dramatic effect to the aquarium. Nymphaea plants require moderate to high light intensity and nutrient-rich water. They can be propagated by dividing the rhizomes or by planting seeds. Some popular species of Nymphaea in the aquarium hobby include Nymphaea lotus, Nymphaea micrantha, and Nymphaea rubra.