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Nelumbo Adanson. Lotus-lily, Lotus, Sacred-lotus, Sacred-bean.

Key to Nelumbo

A genus of 2 species, aquatic herbs, of temperate and subtropical e. North America and e. Asia.

ID notes: Nelumbo can be immediately distinguished in vegetative condition from the other ‘pads’ (Nymphaea, Nuphar, and Nymphoides) by its peltate leaves, and from the peltate Brasenia by the much larger size and round (rather than elliptic) leaves.

Ref: Wiersema (1997a) In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (1997); Williamson & Schneider In Kubitzki, Rohwer, & Bittrich (1993). Show full citations.

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image of plant© Grant Morrow Parkins | Nelumbo lutea | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan M. Cressler | Nelumbo lutea | Original Image ⭷