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White water snowflake (Nymphoides hydrophylla)


Nymphoides cristata, commonly called water snowflake, is a rhizomatous floating leaf aquatic perennial that looks like a miniature version of a water lily (Nymphea). Long-stalked, ovate green leaves (to only 3- across) edged with red float on the water surface. Star-shaped fragrant white flowers (3/4- diameter) in clusters (umbels) bloom freely from spring to fall.

Taxonomic tree

  • Domain: Eukarya

    • Kingdom: Plantae

      • Phylum: Magnoliophyta

        • Class: Magnoliopsida

          • Order: Asterales

            • Family: Menyanthaceae

              • Genus: Nymphoides