Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2684

Floating-leaved aquatic (rooted); Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon

Look for it in upland depression ponds, sluggish streams, beaverponds, primarily in the fall-line Sandhills, per Weakley's Flora

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Aquatic

LEAVES:
Simple
Floating stems with single leaves

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
5 sepals united at base
5 petals united only at base
5 stamens

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Nymphoides cordata   FAMILY Menyanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Nymphoides cordata   FAMILY Menyanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 155-06-001:
Nymphoides cordata   FAMILY Gentianaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Nymphoides cordatum

 

COMMON NAME:
Little Floating Heart


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image of Nymphoides cordata

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmncordata_agt1

June        

Leaves mottled green & purple above [vs. N. aquatica's entirely green above], per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Nymphoides cordata

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmncordata_agt2

June        

image of Nymphoides cordata

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmncordata_agt4

June        

Similar to Nymphaea, but leaves much smaller and basal lobes more rounded, per Weakley's Flora.


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image of Nymphoides cordata

JK Marlow    jkm161001_092

September    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Flower clusters grow from the stem shortly below the leaf, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

image of Nymphoides cordata

JK Marlow    jkm161001_092b

September    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge