Nuphar advena

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Nuphar advena
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Nuphar advena
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
Order: Nymphaeales
Family: Nymphaeaceae
Genus: Nuphar
Species: N. advena
Binomial name
Nuphar advena
(Aiton) W.T.Aiton

Nuphar lutea subsp. advena

Nuphar advena (spatterdock or cow lily or yellow pond-lily) is a species of Nuphar native throughout the eastern United States and at least some parts of Canada, such as Nova Scotia.[1][2] It is similar to the Eurasian species N. lutea, and is treated as a subspecies of it by some botanists,[3] though differing significantly in genetics.[1]

It is locally naturalized in Britain.[4]

Medicinal and food uses[edit]

Spatterdock was long used in traditional medicine, with the root applied to the skin and/or both the root and seeds eaten for a variety of conditions. The seeds are edible, and can be ground into flour. The root is edible too, but can prove to be incredibly bitter in some plants.[5]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Flora of North America: Nuphar advena
  2. ^ USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network: Nuphar advena
  3. ^ USDA Plants Profile: Nuphar lutea
  4. ^ Online Atlas of the British and Irish Flora: Nuphar advena
  5. ^ Northern Bushcraft