This family contains 70 species in 8 genera. From a cladistic point of view, the Nymphaceae is a distantly related family to the rest of the flowering plants. It is often referred to as a "non-monocot paleoherb."
Aquatic, rhizome plants whose flowers are emergent. Flowers complete, and perfect. Perianth is undifferentiated. Pettaloid sepals. Latex is present. Leaves, alternate, simple, submerged. Fruit forming berries, nuts or indehiscent pods. stamen often blend with staminodes.
American Lotus (sometimes placed into a seperate family)