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Nymphaea alba

Authority(L.)
FamilyMagnoliopsida:Magnoliidae:Nymphaeales:Nymphaeaceae
SynonymsNymphaea candida J. & C. Prest, Castalia alba (L.) Wood., Castatia speciosa Salisb.
Common nameswhite water-lily, European white water-lily, American white water-lily, fragrant water-lily, sweet-scented white water-lily, water cabbage, pond-lily, golfao branco, flor de camal, camalassana, castalia, lirio de agua, murure, gigoga
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Native of Britain, it grows in the deeper parts of the pond - about four feet of water should suit it well. It prefers a sunny position and a rich soil. Rootstocks that are several years old may be eaten - they contain about 40% starch. Roasted seeds may be used as a coffee substitute. A related species from North America, N. odorata, can also be found in ornamental ponds. Its young leaves and flower buds can be eaten cooked and young flowers can be eaten raw.
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