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Nymphaea odorata - Nuphar (microphylla, variegata) Aquatic Vegetation
Translated Name: American White Water-lily - (Yellow Pond-lily, Variegated Yellow Pond-lily) Aquatic Vegetation
Common Name: Northern Water-lily Aquatic Wetland
Unique Identifier: CEGL002562
Classification Approach: International Vegetation Classification (IVC)
Summary: This water-lily aquatic wetland type occurs throughout the upper midwestern region of the United States and adjacent Canada. Stands occur in open, slow-moving water on lakes and streams, often less than 0.5 m deep. The substrate is variable, from muck to sedimentary peat. Emergent vegetation cover is less than 25% and floating-leaved aquatics cover at least 25% of the surface. Typical dominants vary from stand to stand but include Nymphaea odorata, Nuphar microphylla, and Nuphar variegata. Other dominants may include Brasenia schreberi and Potamogeton amplifolius. A variety of emergent species can occur in this community.



Classification

Classification Confidence: Moderate
Classification Comments: This type is not well-characterized across its range. Further review is needed in the United States. Depending on spatial scale, it conceptually overlaps both submergent and emergent aquatic types.

Vegetation Hierarchy
Class 5 - Aquatic Vegetation
Subclass 5.B - Freshwater Aquatic Vegetation
Formation 5.B.2 - Temperate to Polar Freshwater Aquatic Vegetation
Division 5.B.2.Na - North American Freshwater Aquatic Vegetation
Macrogroup Eastern North American Freshwater Aquatic Vegetation
Group Eastern North American Freshwater Aquatic Vegetation
Alliance Water-lily - Pond-lily Aquatic Vegetation

This is the revised vegetation hierarchy. For more information see Classification Sources and usnvc.org.



Related Concepts from Other Classifications

Related Subnational Community Units
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Subnation Concept Name Relationship to Standard Confidence Reference
Michigan Submergent Marsh Broader   Kost et al. 2007
Nebraska Water-lily Aquatic Wetland Undetermined   Rolfsmeier and Steinauer 2010
New York Bog lake/pond Undetermined   Edinger et al. 2002
Wisconsin Floating-leaved marsh Broader   WNHI unpubl. data
Wisconsin Submergent marsh Broader   WNHI 2011


Other Related Concepts
Related Concept Name: Nymphaea odorata - Nuphar lutea (ssp. pumila, ssp. variegata) Herbaceous Vegetation
Relationship: = - Equivalent
Reference: Faber-Langendoen, D., editor. 2001. Plant communities of the Midwest: Classification in an ecological context. Association for Biodiversity Information, Arlington, VA. 61 pp. plus appendix (705 pp.).
Related Concept Name: Pond-lily Formation
Relationship: ? - Undetermined
Reference: Pound, R., and F. E. Clements. 1900. The phytogeography of Nebraska, General Survey. Second edition. University of Nebraska Botanical Survey, Lincoln.
Related Concept Name: Water lily Association
Relationship: ? - Undetermined
Reference: Pool, R. J. 1914. A study of the vegetation of the sandhills of Nebraska. Minnesota Botanical Studies 4:189-312.

Ecological Systems Placement

Ecological Systems Placement
Ecological System Unique ID Ecological System Name
CES201.594 Laurentian-Acadian Freshwater Marsh


NatureServe Conservation Status
Global Status: G5 (03Oct1996)
Rounded Global Status: G5 - Secure

Distribution
Color legend for Distribution Map
United States Distribution: MI, MN, NEpotentially occurs, NY, WI
Canadian Province Distribution: MB, ON, QCpotentially occurs
Global Distribution: Canada, United States
Global Range: This water-lily aquatic wetland type occurs throughout the upper midwestern region of the United States and adjacent Canada.

U.S. Forest Service Ecoregions
Domain Name: Humid Temperate Domain
Division Name: Warm Continental Division
Province Name: Laurentian Mixed Forest Province
Province Code: 212 Occurrence Status: Confident or certain
Section Name: Northern Great Lakes Section
Section Code: 212H Occurrence Status: Confident or certain
Section Name: Lake Superior Section
Section Code: 212I Occurrence Status: Confident or certain
Section Name: Southern Superior Uplands Section
Section Code: 212J Occurrence Status: Predicted or probable
Section Name: Northern Superior Uplands Section
Section Code: 212L Occurrence Status: Predicted or probable
Section Name: Northern Minnesota and Ontario Section
Section Code: 212M Occurrence Status: Predicted or probable
Section Name: Northern Minnesota Drift and Lake Plains Section
Section Code: 212N Occurrence Status: Predicted or probable
Division Name: Hot Continental Division
Province Name: Eastern Broadleaf Forest (Oceanic) Province
Province Code: 221 Occurrence Status: Confident or certain
Section Name: Hudson Valley Section
Section Code: 221B Occurrence Status: Confident or certain
Province Name: Eastern Broadleaf Forest (Continental) Province
Province Code: 222 Occurrence Status: Confident or certain
Section Name: Southeastern Great Lakes Section
Section Code: 222J Occurrence Status: Confident or certain
Division Name: Warm Continental Regime Mountains
Province Name: Adirondack-New England Mixed Forest - Coniferous Forest - Alpine Meadow Province
Province Code: M212 Occurrence Status: Confident or certain


Vegetation

Vegetation Summary: Emergent vegetation cover is less than 25% and floating-leaved aquatics cover at least 25% of the surface. Typical dominants vary from stand to stand but include Nymphaea odorata, Nuphar microphylla (= Nuphar lutea ssp. pumila), and Nuphar variegata (= Nuphar lutea ssp. variegata). Other dominants may include Brasenia schreberi and Potamogeton amplifolius. A variety of emergent species can occur within this type (Harris et al. 1996).

Vegetation Composition (incomplete)
Species Name Rounded Global Status Growth Form Stratum Charact-
eristic
Dominant Constant
Cover Class %
Con-
stancy
%
Nuphar lutea ssp. pumila G5 Aquatic herb Floating aquatic  
 
 
Nuphar lutea ssp. variegata G5 Aquatic herb Floating aquatic  
 
 
Nymphaea odorata G5 Aquatic herb Floating aquatic  
 
 


Environmental Setting

Wetland Indicator: Y
Environmental Summary: Stands occur in open, slow-moving water on lakes and streams, often less than 0.5 m deep. The substrate is variable, from muck to sedimentary peat (Harris et al. 1996)


Dynamic Processes


Plot Sampling & Classification Analysis

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Authors/Contributors
Concept Author(s): D. Faber-Langendoen (2001)
Element Description Edition Date: 10Mar2009
Element Description Author(s): D. Faber-Langendoen
NatureServe Conservation Status Factors Edition Date: 03Oct1996

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References
  • CDPNQ [Centre de données sur le patrimoine naturel du Québec]. No date. Unpublished data. Centre de données sur le patrimoine naturel du Québec, Québec.

  • Edinger, G. J., D. J. Evans, S. Gebauer, T. G. Howard, D. M. Hunt, and A. M. Olivero, editors. 2014a. Ecological communities of New York state. Second edition. A revised and expanded edition of Carol Reschke's ecological communities of New York state. New York Natural Heritage Program, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, NY.

  • Faber-Langendoen, D., editor. 2001. Plant communities of the Midwest: Classification in an ecological context. Association for Biodiversity Information, Arlington, VA. 61 pp. plus appendix (705 pp.).

  • Greenall, J. A. 1996. Manitoba's terrestrial plant communities. MS Report 96-02. Manitoba Conservation Data Centre, Winnipeg.

  • Harris, A. G., S. C. McMurray, P. W. C. Uhlig, J. K. Jeglum, R. F. Foster, and G. D. Racey. 1996. Field guide to the wetland ecosystem classification for northwestern Ontario. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Northwest Science and Technology, Thunder Bay, Ontario. Field guide FG-01. 74 pp. plus appendix.

  • Hop, K., D. Faber-Langendoen, M. Lew-Smith, N. Aaseng, and S. Lubinski. [1999]. USGS-NPS Vegetation Mapping Program: Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota. USDI U.S. Geological Survey, La Crosse, WI. 210 pp.

  • Hop, K., S. Menard, J. Drake, S. Lubinski, D. Faber-Langendoen, and J. Dieck. 2010b. National Park Service Vegetation Inventory Program: Grand Portage National Monument, Minnesota. Natural Resource Report NPS/GLKN/NRR-2010/200. National Park Service, Fort Collins, CO. 202 pp.

  • Hop, K., S. Menard, J. Drake, S. Lubinski, and J. Dieck. 2010a. National Park Service Vegetation Inventory Program: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin. Natural Resource Report NPS/GLKN/NRR-2010/199. National Park Service, Fort Collins, CO. 310 pp.

  • Hop, K., S. Menard, J. Drake, S. Lubinski, and J. Dieck. 2010c. National Park Service Vegetation Inventory Program: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan. Natural Resource Report NPS/GLKN/NRR-2010/201. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. 358 pp.

  • Kost, M. A., D. A. Albert, J. G. Cohen, B. S. Slaughter, R. K. Schillo, C. R. Weber, and K. A. Chapman. 2007. Natural communities of Michigan: Classification and description. Report No. 2007-21, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Lansing. 314 pp. [http://web4.msue.msu.edu/mnfi/reports/2007-21_Natural_Communites_of_Michigan_Classification_and_Description.pdf]

  • Lee, H., W. Bakowsky, J. Riley, J. Bowles, M. Puddister, P. Uhlig, and S. McMurray. 1998. Ecological land classification for southern Ontario: First approximation and its application. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Southcentral Science Section, Science Development and Transfer Branch. SCSS Field Guide FG-02.

  • Midwestern Ecology Working Group of NatureServe. No date. International Ecological Classification Standard: International Vegetation Classification. Terrestrial Vegetation. NatureServe, Minneapolis, MN.

  • ONHIC [Ontario Natural Heritage Information Centre]. 2018. Unpublished data. Ontario Natural Heritage Information Centre, Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario, Canada.

  • Pool, R. J. 1914. A study of the vegetation of the sandhills of Nebraska. Minnesota Botanical Studies 4:189-312.

  • Pound, R., and F. E. Clements. 1900. The phytogeography of Nebraska, General Survey. Second edition. University of Nebraska Botanical Survey, Lincoln.

  • Rolfsmeier, S. B., and G. Steinauer. 2010. Terrestrial ecological systems and natural communities of Nebraska (Version IV - March 9, 2010). Nebraska Natural Heritage Program, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Lincoln, NE. 228 pp.

  • TNC [The Nature Conservancy]. 1999b. USGS-NPS Vegetation Mapping Program: Classification of the vegetation of Isle Royale National Park. The Nature Conservancy, Midwest Regional Office, Minneapolis, MN, and International Headquarters, Arlington, VA. 143 pp.

  • WDNR [Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources]. 2015. The ecological landscapes of Wisconsin: An assessment of ecological resources and a guide to planning sustainable management. PUB-SS-1131 2015. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison. [http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/landscapes/Book.html]


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