Nuphar luteum (L.) Sibthorp & Smith

Nuphar luteum plant

Family - Nymphaeaceae

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Nuphar luteum flower

Flowering - May - October.

Habitat - Pond, sloughs, borders of streams.

Origin - Native to U.S., Cuba, and Mexico.

Other info. - This common aquatic species can be found mainly in the Ozark region of Missouri. The plant is very easy to identify because of its oval leaves (which are split at the basal end) and its yellow, globose flowers.
Traditionally this species was used to treat a variety of ailments. A root tea was used to treat blood diseases, chills, fevers, and heart trouble. The rhizomes, which contain many alkaloids, were used for gum, skin, and mouth inflammations. The rootstocks were also boiled and eaten as a starchy vegetable. Many other animals eat this species too.
The fruits of this species and the related Nelumbo lutea (Willd.) Pers. are common in dried flower arrangements.

Photographs taken at Rocky Falls, Shannon County, MO., 6-13-03.