Nymphoides indica is rarely found growing in the rivers of Manatee and Lee counties. It is native to tropical America but escaped from cultivation and blooms from summer to fall (Wunderlin, 2003). It looks similar to the native banana lily, Nymphoides aquatica.
Download a color flyer by the USGS that compares the four Nymphoides species in Florida
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plant’s current US distribution, according to
Colette Jacono of the U.S. Geological Survey.