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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

2. Nymphaea tuberosa Paine -- White water lily

Rhizome producing knotty, lateral tubers. Leaf blades 10-30 cm across, green above and beneath or rarely dull purple beneath; petioles usually striped. Flowers odorless or scarcely fragrant, 8-25 cm across; sepals green on the back; petals oblanceolate to spatulate, obtuse to rounded at the tip. Seeds 2.8-4.4 mm long. Jun--Sep. Same habitats as the preceding; rare or extirpated in e SD, uncommon in the Sand Hills and e NE; (Que. to n Ont. and MN, s to MD, IN and OK).
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