Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2685

Floating-leaved aquatic (rooted); Forb
Perennial

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

Uncommon, endemic to the Southeastern Coastal Plain

Look for it in limesink ponds (dolines), other acidic & nutrient-poor water-filled depressions, sluggish streams, beaverponds, primarily in Outer & Middle Coastal Plain, per Weakley's Flora

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Aquatic

LEAVES:
Simple
Floating stems with single leaves

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
White
5 sepals united at base
5 petals united only at base
5 stamens
Flowers in simple umbels

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Nymphoides aquatica   FAMILY Menyanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 155-06-002:
Nymphoides aquatica   FAMILY Gentianaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Big Floating Heart, Banana Floating Heart


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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmnaquatica_echaw1

May    Berkeley County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

Leaves entirely green above [vs. N. cordata's variegated with purple above], per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


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image of Nymphoides aquatica

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmnaquatica_echaw1b

May    Berkeley County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

Stem terminates in an umbel of flowers and one leaf with a short stalk, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Nymphoides aquatica

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmnaquatica_echaw1c

May    Berkeley County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

Stems with conspicuous red spots, per Weakley's Flora.

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Keith Bradley    kab_n_aquatica_74697

June    Miami-Dade County    FL

South Dade Wetlands

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Keith Bradley    kab_n_aquatica_74706

June    Miami-Dade County    FL

South Dade Wetlands

Tuberous roots of floating clusters stout, blunt-tipped, per Weakley's Flora.