Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Proteales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Check out EDDMapS.org to see where this has been reported.
Learn more about Sacred Lotus from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 074-01-002:
Nelumbo nucifera FAMILY Nelumbonaceae
Sacred-lotus, Oriental Lotus-lily, Pink Lotus
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Keith Bradley kab_n_nucifera_78571
August Quebec, Canada
Similar to N. lutea, but the petals are pink, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States (Duncan & Duncan, 1999).
COMPARE aquatic plants
Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Flora of North America
Floating-leaved aquatic (rooted); Forb
Habitat: Ponds, lakes, canals, per Weakley's Flora
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Leaves peltate, petioles to 1m or more long
Numerous perianth parts, sepals grading into petals
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States (Duncan & Duncan, 1999) p011
- Wildflowers of Tennessee (Carman, 2005) p029
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