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John H. Wiersema

Perennial herb, aquatic, rhizomed, stoloned or not; herbage with air chambers. Leaf: alternate, from rhizome; blades floating, submersed, or ± emergent, << petiole, ± deeply notched at base into 2 lobes [peltate]. Inflorescence: 1-flowered, axillary; peduncle long. Flower: bisexual, generally on or above water; sepals 4–14, free, petal-like or not; petals many [(0)], stamen-like or not; stamens many, attached to receptacle or ovary side, filaments generally wide; ovary compound, superior to inferior, chambers 3–many, many-ovuled, stigmas in radiating lines on stigmatic disk. Fruit: berry-like, ± dehiscent or not, spongy.
5 genera, ± 70 species: ± worldwide. [Wiersema & Hellquist 1997 FNANM 3:66–77] —Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.

Key to Nymphaeaceae

Rhizomes prostrate to erect, branched or not, stoloned or not. Leaf: blade generally floating, elliptic to round, basal lobes generally ± acute. Flower: sepals < petals, ± green; petals 8–many, white, ± red, [blue], or yellow; stamens many, attached to ovary side, erect to ascending at dehiscence, outer filaments flat, petal-like or not, inner linear; ovary < stamens. Seed: ± spheric to elliptic, arilled.
± 50 species: ± worldwide. (Greek: water nymph) [Woods et al. 2005 Syst Bot 30:471–480] Plants of both California taxa problematic weeds in waterways.

Key to Nymphaea

Rhizome prostrate, branched or not. Leaf: blade 5–25 cm wide, ± round. Flower: 6–19 cm wide, floating; sepals, petals lanceolate to ovate; petals 17–43; outer stamens generally 3–4 mm, inner anthers 7–12 mm; styles generally 20. Fruit: 2.5–3 cm, depressed-spheric. Seed: 1.5–2.5 mm.
2n=56,84. Quiet waters, ponds, edges of lakes; generally < 2700 m. Cascade Range Foothills, n Sierra Nevada Foothills, High Sierra Nevada (Lake Tahoe), Sacramento Valley (Butte Co.), San Gabriel Mountains, expected elsewhere; native to eastern North America. Cult widely as ornamental. Plants in western United States introduced, but available material ± unassignable to subsp. (2 recognized in FNANM; California plants mentioned under Nymphaea odorata subsp. odorata). Apr–Aug {Noxious weed} [Online Interchange]

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Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on Apr 1 2015
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2013. Nymphaea, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on Apr 1 2015

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