Nymphoides hydrophylla

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Nymphoides hydrophylla
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Menyanthaceae
Genus: Nymphoides
Species: N. hydrophylla
Binomial name
Nymphoides hydrophylla
(Lour.) Kuntze, 1891
Synonyms[citation needed]
  • Limnanthemum cristatum (Roxb.) Griseb.
  • Nymphoides cristata H.Hara, 1937

Nymphoides hydrophylla (crested floatingheart, white water snowflake, white snowflake[citation needed]) is an aquatic plant of the family Menyanthaceae native to tropical Asia. It has cordate floating leaves that support a lax inflorescence of dainty white flowers with fringed petal margins. Its slim stem (spear) is edible, and is used as vegetable in Taiwan, mostly produced at Meinong District, Kaohsiung.

Flowers of N.  hydrophylla are gynodioecious.[1] The fruit is a capsule bearing many flattened seeds.

The plants are commonly sold for use in ornamental water gardens. Outside their native range they can escape cultivation and become nuisance weeds, particularly in Florida. They are not killed by freezing, and have been reported in Lake Marion, South Carolina.[2]


  1. ^ V. V. Sivarajan; Shu-Miaw Chaw & K. T. Joseph (1989). "Seed coat micromorphology of Indian species of Nymphoides (Menyanthaceae)" (PDF). Botanical Bulletin of Academia Sinica. 30: 275–283. 
  2. ^ Larry McCord (May 2007). ""New Nymphoides" in Lake Marion" (PDF). Newsletter. South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Society. Retrieved 4 March 2011. 

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