Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3807

Floating-leaved aquatic (rooted); Forb
Perennial

Non-native: China & India
Documented growing wild in - - SC

Rare. Introduced for water gardens/aquariums, considered a noxious aquatic weed

Look for it in ponds and lakes, 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:

Florida Dept of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
SC List of Regulated Pest Plant Species, 2017

 

Aquatic

LEAVES:
Simple
Floating stems with single leaves

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
White
5-merous
5 sepals united at base
5 petals united only at base
5 stamens
Flowers clustered at nodes

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 cristata   FAMILY Menyanthaceae

(?) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Nymphoides cristata   FAMILY Menyanthaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Crested Floating Heart, Water Snowflake


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image of Nymphoides cristata

JK Marlow    jkm160914_126

September        

SE-EPPC Aquatic Plant ID Workshop

Floating stems with single leaves, per Weakley's Flora.


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image of Nymphoides cristata

JK Marlow    jkm160914_126b

September        

SE-EPPC Aquatic Plant ID Workshop

image of Nymphoides cristata

JK Marlow    jkm160914_130

September        

SE-EPPC Aquatic Plant ID Workshop

Calyx lobed to near base; lobes ovate-elliptic to ovate, apex obtuse, per Flora of China.

image of Nymphoides cristata

JK Marlow    jkm160914_131

September        

SE-EPPC Aquatic Plant ID Workshop

Flowers many, grouped on nodes, per Flora of China.

image of Nymphoides cristata

Keith Bradley    kab_n_cristata_05403

September    Collier County    FL

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

image of Nymphoides cristata

Keith Bradley    kab_n_cristata_05403b

September    Collier County    FL

Flowers white, adaxial petal surface bearing a ruffled crest down its length, per Weakley's Flora.