Nymphaea odorata Aiton  
Family: Nymphaeaceae
American white water-lily, fragrant water-lily
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Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Nymphaea: Greek and Roman mythology probably referring to attractive and playful water nymphs of the same habitat
Plants: floating, perennial aquatic; with fleshy rhizomes
Leaves: round, one edge narrowly slit to the stalk, green on top, purple on the bottom; most floating, leaf stalks round with 4 large, air passages
Flowers: white, 7 or more-parted, 2 1/2"-7 1/2" wide, solitary, floating on the water surface, 4 green sepals; blooms July-Sept.
Habitat: water less than 7' deep; in sediment soil
Conservation Status: Native
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Paul Skawinski  
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Scott A. Milburn  
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Jeff Hapeman