Yellow floating heart

David Cappaert, Bugwood.org

Plant Bio

Common Name:Yellow floating heart
Family:Menyanthaceae
Genus:Nymphoides
Species:peltata
Classification/Rank:Extremely Invasive
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Description

• aquatic perennial with stout, whitish rhizomes buried in the substratum.

• roots white, thick and fleshy, arising from the rhizome and adventiously at the stem nodes.

• procumbent green stems up to 3 m long produced horizontal to the substratum bearing 1 leaf and usually 4-5 adventitious roots per node and giving rise to either a branch, or a vertical flowering stem in leaf axil.

• leaves heart-shaped with entire and slightly wavy margins, somewhat leathery; glabrous and green or purple-blotched above, green or often purplish with dense, darkish glandular spots beneath.

• flowers in axillary clusters of 2-5, 5-pettaled, golden yellow, up to 4.5 cm across, petals joined at base, obovate, apically rounded to emarginate, margins wavy to slightly ruffled and bears a short, irregular fringe.

First reported in 2013 in Lake Seymour near Smithers. 

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