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Taxon: Nymphaea odorata Aiton

Genus: Nymphaea subgenus: Nymphaea section: Nymphaea
Family: Nymphaeaceae
Nomen number: 410492
Place of publication: Hort. kew. 2:227. 1789
Name verified on: 02-Apr-1998 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 21-Aug-2013
No species priority site assigned.


A declared aquatic or terrestrial noxious weed and/or noxious-weed seed in these U.S. states (see state noxious weed lists), with links to state information or web documents:
ªAquatic. *Terrestrial. °In seed.
noxious weed information from Invaders Database System for northwestern U.S.

See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

  • fragrant water-lily   (Source: BSBI ) – English
  • fragrant water-lily   (Source: F NAmer ) – English   [Nymphaea odorata subsp. odorata]
  • tuberous water-lily   (Source: Websters Dict ) – English   [Nymphaea odorata subsp. tuberosa]
  • white water-lily   (Source: F NAmer ) – English   [Nymphaea odorata subsp. odorata]
  • nymphéa odorant   (Source: Zander ed17 ) – French   [Nymphaea odorata subsp. odorata]
  • nymphéa tubéreux   (Source: Zander ed17 ) – French   [Nymphaea odorata subsp. tuberosa]
  • wohlriechende Seerose   (Source: Zander ed17 ) – German   [Nymphaea odorata subsp. odorata]
  • doftnäckros   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
  • NORTHERN AMERICA (Check conservation status in U.S. & Canada in NatureServe Explorer database)
    Eastern Canada: Canada - New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario [s.], Prince Edward Island, Quebec [s.]
    Western Canada: Canada - Manitoba [s.e.]
    Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia
    North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wisconsin
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
    South-Central U.S.A.: United States - Texas
    Northern Mexico: Mexico - Durango
    Southern Mexico: Mexico - Federal District, Hidalgo, Michoacan
    Caribbean: Bahamas; Cuba; Puerto Rico
    Mesoamerica: El Salvador; Honduras; Nicaragua

    Northern South America: Guyana
  • naturalized elsewhere


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  • Botanical Society of the British Isles. BSBI taxon database (on-line resource).
  • Correll, D. S. & H. B. Correll. 1975. Aquatic and wetland plants of southwestern United States, 2 vol.
  • Correll, D. S. & H. B. Correll. 1982. Flora of the Bahama archipelago.
  • Duke, J. A. et al. 2002. CRC Handbook of medicinal herbs.
  • Funk, V. et al. 2007. Checklist of the plants of the Guiana Shield (Venezuela: Amazonas, Bolivar, Delta Amacuro; Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana). Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 55:1-584.
  • Gleason, H. A. & A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada, ed. 2.
  • Godfrey, R. K. & J. W. Wooten. 1979–1981. Aquatic and wetland plants of southeastern United States, 2 vol.
  • Jardín Botánico Nacional. 1998–. Flora de la República de Cuba.
  • León (J. S. Sauget) & Alain (E. E. Liogier). 1946–1962. Flora de Cuba.; suppl. 1969
  • Liogier, H. A. 1984–. Descriptive flora of Puerto Rico and adjacent islands.
  • Lot, A. et al. 1999. Catálogo de angiospermas acuáticas de México. Cuad. Inst. Biol. 33:99.
  • McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker. 2000. Herbs of commerce, ed. 2.
  • Nelson, C. H. N. 2008. Catálogo de las plantas vasculares de Honduras.
  • Novelo, A. & J. Bonilla-Barbosa. 1999. Nymphaeaceae. In: Rzedowski, J. & G. Rzedowski, eds., Flora del Bajio y de regiones adyacentes. 77:9–11.
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  • Radford, A. E. et al. 1964. Manual of the vascular flora of the Carolinas.
  • Ricketson, J. 1995. Nymphaeaceae Waterlily family. J. Arizona-Nevada Acad. Sci. 29:27–28.
  • Schneider, E. L. & T. Chaney. 1981. The floral biology of Nymphaea odorata (Nymphaeaceae). SouthW. Naturalist 26:159–165.
  • Scoggan, H. J. 1978–1979. The flora of Canada, 4 vol.
  • Stevens, W. D. et al., eds. 2001. Flora de Nicaragua. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 85(1-3).
  • Steyermark, J. A. 1977. Flora of Missouri.
  • Voss, E. 1972–. Michigan flora.
  • Wanderley, M. G. L., ed. 2001–. Flora fanerogâmica do Estado de São Paulo.
  • Wiersema, J. H. & J. L. Reveal. 1991. (1002-1003) Proposals to reject two 1788 Thomas Walter names of American waterlilies (Nymphaeaceae). Taxon 40:514. [lectotypify].
  • Wiersema, J. H. 1997. Nymphaea. In: FNA Editorial Committee, Flora of North America.
  • Woods, K. et al. 2005. Pattern of variation and systematics of Nymphaea odorata: I. Evidence from morphology and inter-simple sequence repeats (ISSRs). Syst. Bot. 30:471–480.
  • Woods, K. et al. 2005. Pattern of variation and systematics of Nymphaea odorata: II. Sequence information from ITS and trnL-trnF. Syst. Bot. 30:481–493.


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