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  Nymphaea odorata Aiton subsp. odorata image
Photographer: Jeff Hapeman           
Family Nymphaeaceae
Nymphaea odorata Aiton subsp. odorata
American white water-lily, fragrant water-lily, white 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
Flower: white, 7 +-parted, 5 1/2"; inflorescence solitary flower; blooms July-Sept.
Leaf:round with slit at one edge to stem, narrow sinus, green on top, purple on bottom, most float; leaf stalks round with 4 large air passages and not usually striped
Habitat: water < 7' deep; in sediment soil

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Flora of North America (off site)
Castalia lekophylla Small
Castalia minor (Sims) Nyár.
Castalia odorata (Aiton) Woodv. & A.W.Wood
Castalia reniformis (DC.) Trel. ex Branner & Coville
Nymphaea minor (Sims) DC.
Nymphaea odorata Aiton f. rubra (Guillon) Conard
Nymphaea odorata Aiton var. gigantea Tricker
Nymphaea odorata Aiton var. godfreyi D.B.Ward
Nymphaea odorata Aiton var. maxima (Conard) B.Boivin
Nymphaea odorata Aiton var. minor Sims
Nymphaea odorata Aiton var. odorata
Nymphaea odorata Aiton var. rosea Pursh
Nymphaea odorata Aiton var. stenopetala Fernald
Nymphaea odorata Aiton var. villosa Casp.

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