Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata

Family (Traditional)Nymphaeaceae
Species: Nymphaea odorata
Infraspecies:Nymphaea odorata Aiton ssp. odorata
Common NameAmerican White Waterlily; White Water Lily
Growth Habitforb
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Aquatic; Growth Habit: forb; Region of Origin: North America; Reproductive Phenology: July; Reproductive Phenology: August; Reproductive Phenology: September; Leaf Arrangement: basal; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Type: broadleaf; Leaf Venation: dichotomous; Leaf Venation: palmate; Leaflet Margins: entire; Leaflet Number: 0; Anther Type: Basifixed; Base Flower Color: Pink; Base Flower Color: White; Carpel Number/Pistil: 10; Carpel Number/Pistil: 11; Carpel Number/Pistil: 12; Carpel Number/Pistil: 13+; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Berry; Fruit Type: Follicle; Fruit Wet/Dry: Wet; Hypanthium Present: No; Inflorescence Position: axillary; Inflorescence Types: solitary; Ovary Position: Half-Inferior; Overall Flower Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Perianth Present: Yes; Petal Fusion: No; Petal Number: 8; Petal Number: 9; Petal Number: 10; Petal Number: 11; Petal Number: 12; Petal Number: 13+; Pistil Complexity: Compound; Pistil Number: 1; Sepal Fusion: No; Sepal Number: 4; Sexuality: monoclinous; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A; Stamen Number: 13+; Tepal Fusion: No; Tepal Number: 0
C value 4
StatusNative; TN[SNR] KY[SNR] (State Rank); G5T5 (Global Rank)
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** Not applicable or data not available.

Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Castalia lekophylla Castalia lekophylla Small
Castalia minor Castalia minor (Sims) Nyar
Castalia odorata Castalia odorata (Ait.) Wood
Castalia odorata var. odorata Castalia odorata var. odorata (Aiton) Wood
Castalia reniformis Castalia reniformis DC.
Nymphaea minor Nymphaea minor (Sims) DC.
Nymphaea odorata var. gigantea Nymphaea odorata var. gigantea Tricker
Nymphaea odorata var. godfreyi Nymphaea odorata var. godfreyi Ward
Nymphaea odorata var. minor Nymphaea odorata var. minor Sims
Nymphaea odorata var. odorata Nymphaea odorata var. odorata Aiton
Nymphaea odorata var. rosea Nymphaea odorata var. rosea Pursh
Nymphaea odorata var. stenopetala Nymphaea odorata var. stenopetala Fern.
Nymphaea odorata var. villosa Nymphaea odorata var. villosa Caspary

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

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Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: SWMT

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1937 - 1938

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
SWMT00157 Tennessee 21 May 1938 H. Pond W. Tyson
Castalia odorata
SWMT00168 Tennessee 17 May 1937
Castalia odorata
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Plant Photos

Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata - Milo Pyne
Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata - Milo Pyne
Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata - Theo Witsell
Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata - Theo Witsell
Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata - Theo Witsell
Nymphaea odorata ssp. odorata - Theo Witsell