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Nuphar polysepala

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Family: NymphaeaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: 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.
Genera In Family: 5 genera, +- 70 species: +- worldwide.
eFlora Treatment Author: John H. Wiersema
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: NupharView Description 

Habit: Rhizomes prostrate, branched, not stoloned. Leaf: blade generally ovate to round. Flower: sepals persistent; petals 10--20, stamen-like, thick, oblong to thin, spoon-shaped; stamens many, generally yellow, attached to receptacle, erect to incurved at dehiscence; ovary > stamens. Seed: ovoid, not arilled.
Species In Genus: +- 8 species: northern temperate. Etymology: (Arabic name)

Nuphar polysepala Engelm.
Leaf: blade generally floating, 1--4 dm, oblong to ovate, basal lobes generally +- rounded. Flower: 5--10 cm wide; sepals 7--9(12), < 5 cm, ovate to wide-obovate, green or yellow-green, red-tinged or not; petals, stamens yellow, red-tinged or not; stigmatic disk 2--3.5 cm wide. Seed: 3--5 mm. Chromosomes: 2n=34.
Ecology: Ponds, slow streams; Elevation: < 2500 m. Bioregional Distribution: NW, CaRH, n&c SN, GV, n&c CW, MP; Distribution Outside California: to Alaska, Rocky Mountains. Flowering Time: Apr--Sep
Synonyms: Nuphar lutea (L.) Sm. subsp. polysepala (Engelm.) E.O. Beall; Nymphaea polysepala (Engelm.) Greene
eFlora Treatment Author: John H. Wiersema
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Citation for this treatment: John H. Wiersema 2017. Nuphar polysepala, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on August 17, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on August 17, 2017.

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Geographic subdivisions for Nuphar polysepala:
NW, CaRH, n&c SN, GV, n&c CW, MP;
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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