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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

New Australian Waterlilies

Nymphaea georginae

Three new Australian species of waterlilies that are native to Queensland have been described by Australian expert Dr. Surrey Jacobs of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney and leading American botanist Dr. Barre Hellquist. The discovery of three new species has resulted from the on-going investigation into the aquatic plants, of Australia, which until recently have all been poorly studied both botanically and horticulturally.

Understanding the cultural needs of these wonderful exotic waterlilies will be much easier now that the nature of the individual species and their natural habitats have been studied. At present very few water gardeners succeed in growing any of the beautiful tropical Australian waterlilies to their full potential. They appear to have exacting requirements that most gardeners find difficult to meet. So they have never attained the popularity that they deserve, despite the fact that several of the more common species have been available to gardeners from specialist nurseries for over one hundred years. The three new species that have been described are Nymphaea alexii, Nymphaea georginae and Nymphaea carpentariae.
Photo: B.Hellquist

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Philip

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