Common name: Water Snowflake
Nymphoides indica (L.) Kuntze APNI*
Synonyms: Menyanthes indica L. APNI*
Description: Robust perennial with floating stolons and leaves; stems to several metres long; leaves and inflorescence terminal but sometimes stems branched.
Leaves with lamina almost circular with a radial slit, to 30 cm diam., margins entire; shortly petiolate.
Flowers numerous, heterostylous; pedicels 2–8 cm long, often emergent through the radial slit in leaves. Calyx 6–8 mm long. Corolla to 18 mm long, white with yellow or orange at base, bearded inside.
Seeds 1–2 mm long, smooth, straw-coloured.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in still and flowing water to c. 2 m deep on a variety of substrates; coastal districts north from Sydney.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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