Nuphar lutea Provisional Herbaceous Alliance
Yellow pond-lily mats

Summary Information

  • Primary Life FormHerb
  • Elevation0-2400 m
  • State RarityS3?
  • Global RarityG5
  • DistributionCAN: BC, MB, ON, QC. USA: AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY (NatureServe)
  • Endemic to CaliforniaNo
  • Endemic to California Floristic Province and DesertsNo
  • Date Added1995/11/01

Characteristic Species

Nuphar lutea ssp. polysepala is dominant or co-dominant on the water surface with Brasenia schreberi, Carex limosa, Carex utriculata, Carex vesicaria, Menyanthes trifoliata, Polygonum amphibium, Potamogeton spp., Scirpus spp., Sparganium spp., Stuckenia spp., Torreyochloa spp., Typha spp. and Utricularia macrorhiza.

Vegetation Layers

Herbs < 60 cm in size; cover is open to continuous.


Slow-moving streams, still ponds, lakes. The USFWS Wetland Inventory (1996 national list) recognizes Nuphar lutea as an OBL plant.

Other Habitat, Alliance, and Community Groupings

MCV (1995) Yellow pond-lily series
NVCS (2009) Nymphaea odorata-Nuphar spp permanently flooded temperate herbaceous alliance
Calveg Water
Holland Coastal and valley freshwater marsh, Transmontane freshwater marsh, Montane freshwater marsh
Munz Freshwater marsh
WHR Fresh emergent wetland
CDFW CA Code 52.110.00