Wild Florida Photo - Nymphaea ordorata - American white waterlily

Nymphaea ordorata

American white waterlily
Fragrant water lily

Florida native

Volusia Co. FL 08/27/11
Volusia Co. FL 08/27/11

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This common water lily is found in ponds, lakes and slow streams throughout nearly all of Florida. White water lily is the most common and widespread water lily in North America.
The flowers have many white petals, sometimes tinged with pink, and a center filled with numerous yellow stamens and containing nectar. The flowers float or are held slightly above the water. Leaves are nearly circular and deeply and sharply notched.
The University of Florida, IFAS has information including a video about Nymphaea odorata on the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants website.


Nymphaea ordorata is a member of the Nymphaeaceae - Water-lily family.

Other species of the Nymphaea genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  Nymphaea mexicana - YELLOW WATER LILY

Date record last modified: Aug 07, 2016

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