Spatterdock, Common Spatterdock, Erect Spatterdock, Yellow Pond-Lily
Synonyms of Nuphar advena (35) (Updated on 4-8-21 from Plants of the World Online): Castalia advena (Aiton) Conz., Nenuphar advena (Aiton) Link, Nuphar advena var. cubana P.Ponce de León, Nuphar advena var. erythraea (G.S.Mill. & Standl.) Standl., Nuphar advena subsp. ozarkana (G.S.Mill. & Standl.) Padgett, Nuphar advena var. tomentosa Torr. & A.Gray, Nuphar advena subsp. typica R.T.Clausen, Nuphar chartacea (G.S.Mill. & Standl.) Standl., Nuphar fluviatilis (R.M.Harper) Standl., Nuphar interfluitans Fernald, Nuphar ludoviciana (G.S.Mill. & Standl.) Standl., Nuphar lutea subsp. advena (Aiton) J.T.Kartesz & Gandhi, Nuphar lutea subsp. macrophylla (Small) Beal, Nuphar lutea subsp. ozarkana (G.S.Mill. & Standl.) Beal, Nuphar microcarpa (G.S.Mill. & Standl.) Standl., Nuphar ovata (G.S.Mill. & Standl.) Standl., Nuphar ozarkana (G.S.Mill. & Standl.) Standl., Nuphar puberula (G.S.Mill. & Standl.) Standl., Nuphar puteorum Fernald, Nymphaea advena Aiton, Nymphaea advena subsp. erythraea G.S.Mill. & Standl., Nymphaea arifolia Salisb., Nymphaea chartacea G.S.Mill. & Standl., Nymphaea fluviatilis R.M.Harper, Nymphaea ludoviciana G.S.Mill. & Standl., Nymphaea macrophylla Small, Nymphaea microcarpa G.S.Mill. & Standl., Nymphaea ovata G.S.Mill. & Standl., Nymphaea ozarkana G.S.Mill. & Standl., Nymphaea puberula G.S.Mill. & Standl., Nymphona advena (Aiton) Nieuwl., Nymphozanthus advena (Aiton) Fernald, Nymphozanthus advena var. macrophyllus (Small) Fernald, Nymphozanthus fluviatilis (R.M.Harper) Fernald, Nymphozanthus ozarkanus (G.S.Mill. & Standl.) E.J.Palmer & Steyerm.
Nuphar advena (Aiton) W.T.Aiton is the correct and accepted scientific name for Spatterdock. It was named and described as such by William Townsend Aiton in the second edition of Hortus Kewensis in 1811. It was first named and described as Nymphaea advena by William Aiton in the first edition of Hortus Kewensis in 1789.
William Aiton was the father of William Townsend Aiton. W.T. Aiton also succeeded his father as the director of Kew Gardens in 1793 after his father’s death.
The genus, Nuphar Sm., was named and described as such by James Edward Smith in Florae Graecae Prodromus in 1809.
Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 13 species in the Nuphar genus (as of 4-18-21 when I last updated his page. It is a member of the plant family Nymphaeaceae with 5 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made.
The above distribution map for Nuphar advena is from Plants of the World Online. Areas in green are where the species is native and purple where it has been introduced. The map on the USDA Plants Database is similar but includes a few more states. The species could have a broader range than what the maps show.
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One day in the summer of 2019 I noticed something sticking up in the middle of the small pond in the front pasture. I went down to have a look and it was a cluster of Water Lilies. I have been back on the family farm since 2013 and this was the first I had seen of it… Well, we always had cows and I sold them in the spring of 2019, so likely they had been eating them before…
I don’t know much about water plants yet, but information online says in the past Nuphar lutea and Nuphar lutea subsp. advena were thought to be “the species” found in North America. Testing and observation has shown there are actually 8 Nuphar species in North America. Many states, including Missouri and Florida (which I read about), say the only species in the state has been determined to be Nuphar advena. Even though maps may show a different story they may not exactly be accurate or up to date. So many times when there are a few species that are basically identical, they get identified incorrectly. But, who knows… Since I am from Missouri, I will stick with what Missouri Plants says…
I do know one thing, the species is definitely invasive and can fill an entire pond if it is shallow enough. Many years ago, a friend and I went to a farm north of town to go fishing. It was a HUGE pond but you couldn’t even see the water because it was covered in lily pads…
I apologize for not writing descriptions at the moment, but I have A LOT of wildflower pages to make and publish before I start getting too busy. I update this site and add new pages over the winter but I didn’t get finished. SO, I decided to just make the page with photos and links to other sites for better plant ID. I will be taking more photos over the summer and posting but I will also be working on these pages as I have time.
I have enjoyed photographing and learning about the many wildflowers growing on the farm and other areas. My farm is in Windsor, Missouri in Pettis County (Henry County is across the street and Benton and Johnson aren’t far away). I have grown over 500 different plants and identified over 100 species of wildflowers (most have pages listed on the right side of the page). I am not an expert, botanist, or horticulturalist. I just like growing, photographing, and writing about my experience. I rely on several websites for ID and a few horticulturalists I contact if I cannot figure them out. Wildflowers can be somewhat variable from location to location, so sometimes it gets a bit confusing. If you see I have made an error, please let me know so I can correct what I have written.
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