Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Nelumbo lutea Willd. image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Botanical Illustration

Derek Anderson

Derek Anderson

Derek Anderson

Hugh H. Iltis

Merel R. Black

Paul Skawinski

Paul Skawinski

Robert Bierman

Robert H. Read

William A. Smith
Family Nelumbonaceae
Nelumbo lutea Willd.
American lotus-lily, lotus, water-chinquapin
Nelumbo: Ceylonese word for Asian lotus
lutea: yellow, from a source of yellow dye called lutum
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Status: Native
Plant: floating, perennial, 1 1/2'-3' tall aquatic; from fleshy rhizomes
Flower: white to yellow, 7 or more-parted, 2"-10" wide, solitary on stalks held up to 3' above the water; blooms July-Sept.
Fruit:brown, acorn-like seeds in a flat-topped, conical receptacle
Leaf:12"-28" wide, un-notched, round, bluish-green, floating at first then held above the water, stalks attached at the center of the leaf pulling it into a shallow, funnel shape
Habitat: ponds, lakes, quiet water less than 30" deep; in sediment soil

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Flora of North America (off site)
Nelumbium luteum Willd. (orthographic error)
Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn. subsp. lutea (Willd.) Borsch & Barthlott
Nelumbo pentapetala sensu Fernald, non Nymphaea pentaphylla Walter

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