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Wildflowers of Texas, Plant Resources Center, University of Texas at Austin

Yellow Lotus   Nelumbo lutea    
Water-lily family — Nymphaeaceae

Also known as:
Water Chinquapin, Pondnut, Lotus, Yellow Nelumbo, Youquepen, Water Lotus

Slides: (click for larger view)


With its completely round leaves and its fruit looking something like a shower head (and the middle of the flower with a "mini-shower-head"), the water lotus is both strikingly beautiful and a bit odd. It is related to the sacred lotus of Asia. It inhabits muddy quiet ponds, mostly in eastern and northern Texas.

Dried Specimens: (click for larger view)


Flowering Months: May, June, July, August

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