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Banana Lily, Floating Heart

Nymphoides aquatica


Banana lily is a perennial plant with leaves that arise from “banana-shaped” rhizomes on the long slender petioles. The floating leaves are 2 to 6 inches in diameter, kidney to heart-shaped, yellowish-green above and reddish-purple underneath, with obvious veins. Flowers are small, white, in clusters on short stalks that rise above the water’s surface. The fruits are capsule-like and contain many seeds. Late in the growing season clusters of fleshy, tuber-like roots form below the flowers.

In Texas this plant occurs mostly in the southeast, as well as Ellis County in north-central Texas, and in ponds and slow moving streams.

The banana lily has no known direct food value to wild