Nymphaea odorata subsp. tuberosa

(Paine) Wiersema & Hellquist

Rhodora 96: 170. 1994.

Common names: Nymphéa tubéreux
Basionym: Nymphaea tuberosa Paine Cat. Pl. Oneida Co., 132. 1865
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 3.

Rhizomes often constricted at branch joints to form detachable tubers. Leaves: petiole green with brown-purple stripes, stout. Leaf blade abaxially green or faintly purple. Flowers: petals white, rarely pink, elliptic to oblanceolate, outer usually with broadly rounded apex. Seeds mostly 2.8-4.5 mm.

Phenology: Flowering late spring–summer.
Habitat: Mainly alkaline ponds, lakes, and sluggish streams and rivers, usually in very oozy sediments
Elevation: 100-400 m


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Man., Ont., Que., Conn., Ill., Ind., Iowa, Kans., Maine, Mass., Mich., Minn., Mo., Nebr., N.H., N.Y., Ohio, Okla., Pa., Vt., Wis.


This taxon, which has been included within Nymphaea odorata by some recent workers, was formerly almost universally accepted as a distinct species. In the southern parts of the range of subsp. tuberosa, where subsp. odorata is absent, subsp. tuberosa is easily distinguished morphologically from subsp. odorata. Farther north, where their ranges overlap, the distinctions break down in some populations but are maintained in others. Some western populations are probably the result of introductions. A pink-flowered form seen in southeastern Ohio appears to be derived from this subspecies.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

John. H. Wiersema +  and C. Barre Hellquist +
(Paine) Wiersema & Hellquist +
Nymphaea tuberosa +
Nymphéa tubéreux +
Man. +, Ont. +, Que. +, Conn. +, Ill. +, Ind. +, Iowa +, Kans. +, Maine +, Mass. +, Mich. +, Minn. +, Mo. +, Nebr. +, N.H. +, N.Y. +, Ohio +, Okla. +, Pa. +, Vt. +  and Wis. +
100-400 m +
Mainly alkaline ponds, lakes, and sluggish streams and rivers, usually in very oozy sediments +
Flowering late spring–summer. +
W1 +  and Endemic +
Castalia +
Nymphaea odorata subsp. tuberosa +
Nymphaea odorata +
subspecies +