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Nymphaea odorata ssp. tuberosa

Nymphaea odorata Aiton ssp. tuberosa (Paine) Wiersma & Hellquist

Castalia tuberosa (Paine) Greene

Nymphaea odorata Aiton var. maxima (Conrad) B. Boivin

Nymphaea tuberosa Paine

Fragrant White Water Lily

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassMagnoliidaeIncludes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others
OrderNymphaealesWater lilies and other aquatic plants
FamilyNymphaeaceaeWater lily family
GenusNymphaeaFrom the Greek Νυμφαία, possibly related to Νύμφη, meaning “nymph”
Speciesodorata“Scented”
ssp.tuberosaHas tubers

About plant names...

Tuberous water lily is native to North and Central America. The name derives from egg-sized brown tubers on the roots, which are edible. Beautiful in the wild, and coveted as an ornamental, it is nevertheless considered an invasive in some habitats. Plants spread slowly, but they eventually commandeer large patches of water less than eight feet deep at the expense of other plants.

Identification: Water lilies are instantly recognizable by their 4-12" (10-30 cm), round, flat leaves, often turned up slightly at the edges in order to float. If they are flowering, as they do during the first half of the day, you’ll see their large, very attractive, white (sometimes pink), fragrant blossoms. These iconic blossoms are 5-9" (12-22 cm) around, with 25 or more white petals and yellow centers made up of as many as 70 stamens.

Edibility: Young unrolling leaves and unopened flower buds may be boiled for 5-10 minutes and served buttered; root tubers may be prepared like potatoes.

Online References:

Nymphaea odorata ssp. tuberosa at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Nymphaea odorata ssp. tuberosa on the USDA Plants Database

Nymphaea odorata ssp. tuberosa on Keir Morse's site, Keirosity.com

Nymphaea odorata ssp. tuberosa on newyork.plantatlas.usf.edu

Nymphaea odorata ssp. tuberosa on EOL: the Encyclopedia of Life

Nymphaea odorata ssp. tuberosa on www.naturalstandard.com

Nymphaea odorata ssp. tuberosa description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.

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Nymphaea odorata (Fragrant White Water Lily)

6/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 3½ × 2½' (1.2 × 0.8 m)

Nymphaea odorata (Fragrant White Water Lily)

6/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 9 × 7" (23 × 16 cm)

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