|Botanical Name||Nymphaea spp.|
IdentificationAquatic herb. Rhizomatous (with underwater stems) herb, leaves circular, floating, long stalked. Flowers 100-200 mm diameter, star-shaped, petals numerous, showy, mostly white or yellow, rarely pink. Many cultivars.
HabitatsStill waters of streams, river backwaters, ponds, lake bays. Local and not common but should be watched for - includes water lily (N. alba) and Mexican water lily (N. mexicana).
Impact to Biota and EcosystemsCan spread to cover huge areas displacing and shading out native vegetation. A threat to some of our rare species.
Dispersal Routes, Vectors, Infestation SourcesUsually arising from ornamental plantings.
Can be removed mechanically rather than chemically.
Glyphosate: A consent is required to apply herbicide over water.