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Nuphar pumila - (Timm.)DC.

Common Name Yellow pond-lily
Family Nymphaeaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Lakes, mainly in N. Scotland[17]. Predominantly in cool usually acid infertile ponds and lakes of moors and mountains[56].
Range Northern and central Europe, including Britain, to northern Asia.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care
Water Plants Semi-shade Full sun
Nuphar pumila Yellow pond-lily


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

 
Nuphar pumila is a PERENNIAL. It is in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Flies, beetles.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It can grow in water.

Synonyms

N. minima.

Habitats

 Pond;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root;  Seed.
Edible Uses: Drink.

Seed[177]. No more details have been seen for this plant, but since this plant is closely related to N. lutea it is quite possible that it can be used similarly. These uses are listed below. Root - cooked[2, 46, 61, 177, 183]. An edible starch can be extracted from the root[183]. A possible emergency food[61]. The root has a bitter flavour - this bitterness can be removed by leaching the root in water[K]. Leaves and leaf stalks - cooked[2, 177, 183]. Seed - cooked[105]. It can be ground into a powder and used in making bread and porridge, or for thickening soups etc[207]. The seed can also be parched, when it swells considerably but does not burst like popcorn[183]. It is then normally eaten dry[207]. A refreshing drink is made from the flowers[2, 183].

Medicinal Uses



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Digestive;  Tonic.

The root is a constructive tonic that benefits the digestive organs and increases body strength[218].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

A water plant requiring a sunny position[1]. Succeeds in very poor acid waters in the wild[56]. It is best if grown in still water at least 30cm deep[56] but it also tolerates slow moving water[200]. Succeeds in light shade[200]. This species is closely related to N. lutea[200].

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Propagation

Seed - sow as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse in pots submerged under 25mm of water. Prick out into individual pots as soon as the first true leaf appears and grow them on in water in a greenhouse for at least two years before planting them out in late spring. The seed is collected by wrapping the developing seed head in a muslin bag to avoid the seed being lost. Harvest it 10 days after it sinks below the soil surface or as soon as it reappears[200]. Division in May. Each portion must have at least one eye. Submerge in pots in shallow water until established[56].

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Nuphar advenaCommon Spatterdock, Yellow pond-lily, Varigated yellow pond-lily32
Nuphar japonicum 31
Nuphar luteaYellow Water Lily, Yellow pond-lily, Rocky Mountain pond-lily, Varigated yellow pond-lily32
Nuphar polysepalaSpatterdock, Rocky Mountain pond-lily31

 

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