Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Nymphaea odorata ssp. tuberosa
White water lily
Taxonomy

Synonyms: Nymphaea tuberosa

Subspecific taxa:

Classification:

  • Magnoliophyta
    • Magnoliopsida

Other taxonomic & nomenclature sources: USDA PlantsITISThe Plant ListIPNI

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Species Distribution
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County Map Legend
Absent:
Not known from county
Medium confidence:
Medium or unknown confidence;
often old records or unverifiable observations
Medium-high confidence:
Often observations by expert botanists
High confidence:
Often vouchered herbarium records
Planted / introduced:
Native species introduced outside historic range,
or only in planted locations within county (e.g., restorations)
Historic / extirpated:
Only historic records for the species; likely extirpated
(Note that this category is not yet functional)

North American distribution maps for this species: FLNAUSDA PlantsBONAPBISON

Collection & Observation Phenology [?]

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Collection & Observation Timeline [?]

Species Status

Status/Listing: No Information

Notes:

Origin: Native

Species Description

General: Dicot-herb, perennial

Roots: adventitious, rhizomes, tubers

Shoots: alternate leaf arrangment; simple leaf type; entire leaf margin; Pinnate leaf venation; oval leaf shape

Inflorescence: solitary

Flowers: perfect; complete, regular; white; hypogynous ovary position

Fruit: berry

Physiology: autotrophic; C3 C02 fixation

Ecology & Natural History

Habitat: Soft bottom lakes, ponds, sloughs; soft or hard water, one to four inches deep, quiet waters.

ILPIN Notes: Aquatic furbearers (especially muskrats)-food-plants; marshbirds and shorebirds- food-stems, roots, seeds. Form- rootstock ends planted in spring or fall; tubers in spring or fall at 750 tubers per acre. 1, 11

Functional Relationships:

Human Relationships:

  • Edibility [?] :
  • Showy Flowers:

Wildlife and Livestock Information:

  • Food Value:
  • Cover Value: fish: good

Coefficient of Conservatism (C-value) [?] :

  • Entire State: 6
  • Chicago Area: 7

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