Nymphoides peltatum

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Nymphoides peltatum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Menyanthaceae
Genus: Nymphoides
Species: N. peltatum
Binomial name
Nymphoides peltatum
(S.G. Gmel.) Kuntze, 1891

Nymphoides peltatum is an aquatic plant. It has a long creeping stem that floats and connects to the leaf nodes. It is commonly found in ponds and slow moving bodies of water. It cannot grow in the shade and has to have a relatively deep body of water. Flowers bloom in July to September, while the seeds ripen from August to October.


Nymphoides peltatum an edible plant. Leaves are cooked as a potherb, and so are the stems, but only the interior of the stem is eaten. Flowers are also cooked as potherbs. Seeds are ground and used for other culinary purposes. The fresh leaves are commonly used to treat headaches.