Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Nymphaea odorata Aiton image
Photographer: Len Place           

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration

Keir Morse

Matthew L. Wagner

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Paul Skawinski

Paul Skawinski

Paul Skawinski

Kurt Stüber
Family Nymphaeaceae
Nymphaea odorata Aiton
American white water-lily, fragrant water-lily
Nymphaea: Greek and Roman mythology probably referring to attractive and playful water nymphs of the same habitat
odorata: fragrant
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Status: Native
Plant: floating, perennial aquatic; with fleshy rhizomes
Flower: white, 7 or more-parted, 2 1/2"-7 1/2" wide, solitary, floating on the water surface, 4 green sepals; blooms July-Sept.
Leaf:round, one edge narrowly slit to the stalk, green on top, purple on the bottom; most floating, leaf stalks round with 4 large, air passages
Habitat: water less than 7' deep; in sediment soil

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