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Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains

7. Nymphaeaceae, the Water Lily Family

2. Nymphaea L. -- Water Lily

1. Nymphaea odorata Ait. -- Fragrant white water lily


Rhizome elongate, without lateral tubers. Leaf blades to 25 cm across, green above, usually purple or red-tinged beneath; petioles not striped. Flowers pleasantly fragrant while open, 7-12 cm across; sepals often purplish on the back; petals elliptic, tapered to a subacute tip. Seeds ellipsoid, ca. 2 mm long. Jun--Sep. Quiet waters of ponds, lakes, and streams; rare in the Sand Hills and e NE; (Newf. to Man. and MN, s to FL and e TX, also AZ).
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