Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


974

Floating-leaved aquatic (rooted); Forb
Perennial

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

Common in Coastal Plain, uncommon in Piedmont, rare in Mountains

Look for it in ponds, sluggish waters, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun Aquatic

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
White (rarely pink)
Bisexual
4 sepals
Numerous petals
Numerous stamens

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Berry-like

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Basal Angiosperms (flowering plants): Nymphaeales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata   FAMILY Nymphaeaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata   FAMILY Nymphaeaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 073-02-001:
Nymphaea odorata   FAMILY Nymphaeaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Fragrant White Water-lily, American Water-lily, Sweet Water-lily


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_caod4_001_lhd

        

image of Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata

JK Marlow    jkm160416_287

April    Lowndes County    GA

Leaf basal lobes w rather sharp corner or angle [vs. Nymphoides more cordate], per Weakley's Flora.

image of Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata

JK Marlow    jkm160416_298

April    Lowndes County    GA

image of Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata

JK Marlow    jkm160416_299

April    Lowndes County    GA

image of Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata

JK Marlow    jkm0505v_10

May    Charleston County    SC

Free-floating and anchored from a thick rhizome, per Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry.

image of Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata

JK Marlow    jkm0505v_12b

May    Charleston County    SC

image of Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_n_odorata_odorata_15

July        

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JK Marlow    jkm150808_618

August    Watauga County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway, Moses Cone Park

Leaves purple beneath, per Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry.

image of Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata

JK Marlow    jkm150808_624

August    Watauga County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway, Moses Cone Park

image of Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata

JK Marlow    jkm150808_625

August    Watauga County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway, Moses Cone Park

image of Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata

JK Marlow    jkm150808_647

August    Watauga County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway, Moses Cone Park

Sepals uniformly green or reddened, obscurely to prominently veined, per Flora of North America.

image of Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_n_odorata_od_18c

August        

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Keith Bradley    kab_n_odorata_70129

September    Broward County    FL

Long Key Nature Center and Natural Area

Large, 5-12", rounded floating leaves green above and often purplish below, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.


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image of Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmn_odourata

Month Unknown        

Distinctive for its sweet-scented white showy flowers, per Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry.