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Nymphaea odorata Aiton ssp. odorata
American white waterlily

General Information
Symbol: NYODO
Group: Dicot
Family: Nymphaeaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Native Status: AK   I
L48   N
PR   N
Data Source and Documentation
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   


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Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 79. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc. Usage Requirements.



Symbol Scientific Name
CALE34 Castalia lekophylla Small
CAMI34 Castalia minor (Sims) Nyar
CAOD4 Castalia odorata (Aiton) Alph. Wood
CARE15 Castalia reniformis (Walter) Nash, nom. utique rej.
NYMI Nymphaea minor (Sims) DC.
NYODG Nymphaea odorata Aiton var. gigantea Tricker
NYODG2 Nymphaea odorata Aiton var. godfreyi Ward
NYODM2 Nymphaea odorata Aiton var. minor Sims
NYODR Nymphaea odorata Aiton var. rosea Pursh
NYODS Nymphaea odorata Aiton var. stenopetala Fernald
NYODV Nymphaea odorata Aiton var. villosa Caspary
NYRE Nymphaea reniformis Walter, nom. utique rej.


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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Magnoliidae
Order Nymphaeales
Family Nymphaeaceae – Water-lily family
Genus Nymphaea L. – waterlily
Species Nymphaea odorata Aiton – American white waterlily
Subspecies Nymphaea odorata Aiton ssp. odorata – American white waterlily

Subordinate Taxa

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Noxious Weed Information
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete noxious weed list for that location, or click here for a composite list of all Federal and State Noxious Weeds.
Nymphaea odorata
fragrant water lily
Class C noxious weed



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