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*Nymphoides cristata (Roxburgh) Kuntze. Crested Floating Heart, Water Snowflake. Phen: Jan-Mar. Hab: Ponds and lakes. Dist: Native of China and India. Apparently first naturalizing in North America in FL in 2000; introduced for water gardens and aquariums, and considered a noxious aquatic weed in our area.

Origin/Endemic status: E. and se. Asia

Taxonomy Comments: A diploid species (2n=18) (Tippery et al. 2018).

Synonymy: = Fl7, K3, K4, WH3, Middleton et al (2018); = n/a – RAB

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: OBL

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image of plant© Keith Bradley | Original Image ⭷
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