Leaves round, somewhat cupped, held above the water. Leaf stalks 1-2 m tall, 30-60 cm wide, blue-green. Flowers to about 25 cm wide, cup-shaped, yellow and fragrant, held above the leaves.
E North America to W Indies and Columbia
Source: (1997). Nymphaeaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.
Smaller plant with reduced flowers and has a red spot on both leaves and flower petals.