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Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.
PINK LOTUS-LILY
Pink Waterlily; Lotus Lily; Nangram Lily; Pink Water Lily; Lotus; Sacred Lotus; Nymphaea nelumbo L; Nelumbo speciosa Willd; Nelumbo speciosa var alba FMBailey; Nelumbium speciosum var alba orth var FMBailey; Nelumbium speciosum orth var Willd; Nelumbium nelumbo (L) Druce; Nelumbium speciosum Willd, orth var

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Nelumbo nucifera
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Nelumbo nucifera

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2. Nelumbo nucifera Gaertner, Fruct. Sem. Pl. 1: 73. 1788.

Indian lotus, sacred lotus, oriental lotus, lotus

Leaves: petiole to 2 m or more. Leaf blade to 6 dm or more. Flowers: tepals normally all caducous, pink, pink-tinged, or fading to white, 1-13 cm; anthers 1-2 cm. Fruits ovoid, 10-20 × 7-13 mm, mostly more than 1.5 times longer than wide; receptacle to 1 dm diam. at maturity, gradually tapered or rounded from flattened top to base, base rounded or very slightly obtuse-tapered, lateral surface rugose or only weakly striate.

Flowering late spring-summer. Ponds and lakes; 0-400 m; introduced; Ala., Ark., Fla., Ga., La., Md., Mass., Miss., Mo., N.J., N.C., S.C., Tenn., Tex., W.Va.; naturalized, s Europe; Asia; n Australia.

Nelumbo nucifera is an ornamental species sporadically naturalized from cultivation over the area mapped in the southeastern United States. Although Virginia, Kentucky, and Delaware are within the range, I know of no collections from Virginia or Delaware and of no wild-growing specimens of N . nucifera in Kentucky. The species was listed in a flora of New York (R. S. Mitchell 1986); I have not seen a voucher specimen for the report.

The seeds of Nelumbo nucifera have been shown to remain viable for several hundred years under certain conditions (D. A. Priestley and M. A. Posthumus 1982).

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