Nymphaea odorata Ait.

Nymphaea odorata plant

Family - Nymphaeaceae

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Nymphaea odorata calyxCalyx.

Nymphaea odorata stamensStamens.

Nymphaea odorata pistilStamens removed.

Flowering - May - September.

Habitat - Ponds and sloughs.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This striking species can be found scattered throughout Missouri. The plant is common in many ponds and lakes throughout the eastern and central U.S.
N. odorata has pleasantly fragrant flowers and makes a great plant in home fish ponds. The plant is widely cultivated and many flower colors exist. White is the typical flower color.
Traditionally the plant was used by natives to treat a variety of ailments. A tea made from the roots was used for coughs, mouth sores, and for tuberculosis.
The starchy roots are eaten by wildlife.

Photographs taken in Marquette, MI., 9-5-03.