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Nymphaeaceae / Water-lily
Spatterdock (Nuphar lutea)
Spatterdock is also known as Yellow Pond-lily (officially), Cow Lily and has been considered Nuphar luteum, Nuphar advena.

Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a perennial. Mostly submerged. The underwater stem can be more than 2 meters (6.5') long.
Leaves: The leaves are alternate. Leaves can reach 40cm in length (16inches). The leaves usually have wavy edges. Submerged leaves are very thin and are directly from the rooted rhizome. Floating and erect leaves are attached to the stem. The several varieties have various leaf shapes and sizes usually more or less cordate.
Flowers: The flower parts are not discernable with the naked eye . They are yellow. Blooms first appear in late spring and continue into early fall. The showy outer parts are sepals which usually number five or six. There are many small, scale like petals inside along with numerous stamens and stigmas.
Habitat: Slow moving or sometimes still fresh water.
Range: Most of North America.

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Lutea means "yellow". The several sub-species were once considered together but now are recognized as distinctly different. Often thought of as a tropical plant, some varieties grow well into Canada.

Lore: The roots and seeds are eatable. There are accounts of some Native American tribes eating the roots and seeds. The roots may have been boiled or roasted or dried and made into flour. The seeds have been used to make gruel and to thicken soup.

Medical Uses: There are some accounts of the root being powered and use as a poultice.

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The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.

Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.

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