National flowers: Sri Lanka
- Flower nameNil mānel
- Scientific nameNympheae nouchali
- Aliaswater lily, 睡蓮, Blue Water Lily, nil mānel, nil mahanel, Nympheae stelleta, ムラサキスイレン
- Place of originTropical and temperate regions of the world, including Southeast Asia such as Papua New Guinea
- Place of floweringWetlands, Subtropical region, River, pond, Rice paddies
- Flowering seasonJune, July, August, September
What is Nil mānel
Nil mānel, nil mahanel, scientific name: Nymphaea nouchali) is a variety of the tropical water lily (water lily, scientific name: Nymphaea), a cold-resistant perennial aquatic plant in the water lily family. It is called purple water lily in Japanese and blue water lily in English. In Sri Lanka, it is commonly found in aquatic habitats such as shallow to medium depth, quiet, slow-flowing ponds and wetlands.
It has white or blue flowers, and variants have purple, pink or cream flowers. The flower has five sepals, about 15 petals, and a yellow stamen in the center of the flower. It is also called "Nympheae stelleta" because the sepals stand out and look star-shaped when viewed from above. The sepals are cup-shaped and 4-15 cm in diameter. The genus name "Nymphaea" means "water Lily" in Latin.
National Flower of Sri LankaAn ornamental plant.
It is also popular as an aquatic houseplant under names such as "Dwarf Lily" and "Dwarf Red Lily.
Common name: nil mānel (nil mahanel, nil mahanel), scientific name: Nympheae stelleta, Nymphaea nouchali, subnames: purple water lily, Blue Water Lily, Nympheae stelleta, national flowers:Sri Lanka, Environment：Ponds and swamps, Origin：Ponds in tropical and temperate regions of the world including Southeast Asia such as Papua New Guinea, Height：10-30cm, Leaf shape：round or oval, Flowering season：June to September (all year round in local areas) Flower color: blue-purple, white, pink, yellow; Diameter: 5-15 cm