Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2931

Floating-leaved aquatic (rooted); Forb
Perennial

Non-native: Europe
Documented growing wild in - NC -

Rare. It is sold for cultivation in water gardens and will likely spread.

Look for it in ponds, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants
Invasive Plant Atlas of New England
SC List of Regulated Pest Plant Species, 2017

 

Aquatic

LEAVES:
Simple
Floating stems with multiple leaves, lower alternate & upper opposite

FLOWER:
Summer
Yellow
5-merous
5 sepals united at base
5 petals united only at base
5 stamens

FRUIT:
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Nymphoides peltata   FAMILY Menyanthaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Yellow Floating Heart


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JK Marlow    jkm080607_015

June    Pickens County    SC

This plant is listed by several states (including SC) as a noxious weed.

image of Nymphoides peltata

JK Marlow    jkm080607_015b

June    Pickens County    SC

Flowers yellow, lobes spreading, 0.8-1" long, somewhat fringed below, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Nymphoides peltata

JK Marlow    jkm080607_019

June    Pickens County    SC

Leaves more cordate, the basal lobes more rounded, than those of Nymphaea, per Weakley's Flora.


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JK Marlow    jkm080607_022

June    Pickens County    SC

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Steve Compton    sco_floating_heart_026

June        SC

This is what can happen when a homeowner dumps an aquarium...

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JK Marlow    jkm160914_118

September        

SE-EPPC Aquatic Plant ID Workshop

Leaves alternate at stem base, opposite at apex; petiole cylindric, 5-10cm, per Flora of China.

image of Nymphoides peltata

JK Marlow    jkm160914_118b

September        

SE-EPPC Aquatic Plant ID Workshop

image of Nymphoides peltata

JK Marlow    jkm160914_121

September        

SE-EPPC Aquatic Plant ID Workshop

Stem cylindric, unbranched, sometimes producing rootlets from nodes, per Flora of China.