Species Detail

Nymphaea spp. Aiton.
White water lily

Scientific Name:  
Nymphaea spp. Aiton.
Common Name:  
White water lily
Myaamia Name:  
Material, Customs
Harvest Seasons:  
Summer, Spring
Deciduous Swamp no coniferous domts.
Growth Forms:  

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Nymphaea spp. Aiton.
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
Steyermark, J.A. 1963 Description  Nymphaea tuberosa has leaves that are green beneath; N. odorata has leaves that are purple beneath. Both species are the only large aquatic plant of Nelumbo; Nymphaea and Nuphar that have floating leaves and flowers
Deliette, L. 1702 Description  This species was also known as macopine
Deliette, L. 1702 Use - Food  roots cooked and eaten.
Throwbridge, C.C 1938 Use - Food  roots cooked in the ground and eaten.
Charlevoix, P. 1923 Use - Food  cooked for 5-6 hours then eaten. A river south of the Sangamon River; in northern Illinois; was called the river of the Macopines; by Charlevoix. Kellogg adds that in the Potawatomi language; Sangamo; the original name of the river near the Macopine River; means
Dunn, J.P. Circa 1900 Use - Medicinal 
Deliette, L. 1702 Horticultural Info  The Old Illinois term nimic8picahan translates to modern French as
Gravier, J. ca. 1700 Horticultural Info  Since this directly follows the entry for macopines; it proably refers to a harvesting methods of this; and other edible aquatic roots
Gonella, M.P. 2003-2005 Horticultural Info 
Botanical Sources  
Nymphaea spp. Aiton.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
Small, J.K. 1903   Occurs in quiet waters of streams and ponds
Related Sources  
Nymphaea spp. Aiton.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
Gravier, J. ca. 1700   This species roots require lengthy cooking