Castalia gigantea (Hook.) Britten
Leuconymphaea gigantea (Hook.) Kuntze
Common Name: White Pond Lily
White pond lily is a herbaceous plant growing from a perennial tuberous rootstock. The rootstock grows at the bottom of ponds, lakes etc, sending up a rosette of leaves that float on the surface of the water.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental[
Australia - New South Wales, Queensland and Northern Territory, north to New Guinea.
In permanent water with a deep and muddy substrate[
A plant of the tropics and subtropics.
Requires a sunny position[
The porous stalks of the leaves, flowers and fruits are peeled and eaten raw or roasted[
]. The skin peels easily, leaving a crisp, pale-green stick that can be chewed. It has little flavour, the pleasure in eating it coming more from the texture than the taste[
Seeds - raw or cooked[
]. It is better to remove the small seeds from the bitter-tasting seedcase before cooking them[
]. The raw seeds have little flavour, but if lightly fried for 5 minutes then the flavour of the crisp, gritty mass is excellent[
Seed - needs to be kept moist prior to sowing. Sow seed, together with the surrounding pulp, in pots covered by about 25mm of water at 23 - 27c[
]. Prick out into individual pots when the first floating leaves appear and gradually raise the water level as they grow[
Division, or the removal of a portion of the rhizome with a sprouting eye[
]. Pot up into a small immersed pot and pot on as the plant grows until the roots fill a 10cm pot, by which time it is large enough to plant out[
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