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Spatter-Dock - Nuphar lutea
Family: Nymphaeaceae

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Description

The taxonomy of Nuphar in North America is poorly understood. North American plants included in Nuphar have been treated as eight distinct species (Wiersema & Hellquist 1997) or as a single polymorphic species with eight subspecies (Beal 1956). The treatment of Beal (1956) included the eight subspecies under Nuphar lutea (L.) Sibthorp & Sm. which is also distributed in Eurasia. According to Wiersema & Hellquist (1997), recent molecular studies have shown plants from North America to be distinct from the Eurasian N. lutea. If this is the case, several additional names will be required to treat the North American taxa of Nuphar at the subspecies rank.

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For purposes of this system, the name N. lutea is used, and no attempt is made to segregate the various subspecies or species listed in various taxonomic treatments. The photographs and description in this system are of N. lutea subsp. macrophyllum (Small) E. O. Beal (synonym of N. advena (Ait.) Ait. f.) which is widespread in the central and eastern United States.

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