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Plant Details

Nelumbo lutea

American Lotus, Yonkapin, American Lotus-lily, Yellow Lotus, Yockernut, Water-chinquapin, Pond-nut

Scientific Name:

Nelumbo lutea

Common Name:

American Lotus, Yonkapin, American Lotus-lily, Yellow Lotus, Yockernut, Water-chinquapin, Pond-nut

Plant Family

Nelumbonaceae (Lotus-lily Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Perennial

Bloom Color(s):

pale yellow

Bloom Time:

June - July - August - September

Bloom Area:

Coast, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Ponds, natural lakes

State Rank:

S2 - 6-20 Extant Populations - Imperiled in NC because of rarity or because of some factor(s) making it very vulnerable to extirpation from NC (*)

Global Rank:

G4 - 100-1000 Extant Populations - Apparently secure in the world, with many occurrences (*)

State Status:

W - Watch List (*)

In bloom

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Bruce Smithson, Brunswick Co, August 31, 2013

Flower with leaf

Note its large, peltate leaf in the background.

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Bruce Smithson, Brunswick Co, August 31, 2013

Leaves

The leaves are circular with a stem in the center. Submerged, they lie flat on the water but when emergent, they are conical in shape.

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Bruce Smithson

American Lotus leaves with White Waterlilies

The lotus leaves (foreground) have an undivided margin while the waterliles (Nymphaea odorata) behind them have a cleft in the margin of the leaf.

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Bruce Smithson

Seedpod

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Bruce Smithson

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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