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Nelumbo lutea Wild

Nelumbo lutea Wild

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Scientific Name - Nelumbo lutea Wild
Common Name - White Lotus

Nelumbo lutea Willd is one of two extant species of aquatic plant in the family Nelumbonaceae. This white lotus is an emergent aquatic plant. The roots are anchored in the mud, but the leaves and flowers emerge above the water's surface.
Native to North America, it grows in lakes and swamps, as well as areas subject to flooding.
his plant has a large tuberous rhizome that is used as a food source. The seed is also edible and is known as "alligator corn". The seedlike fruits can be shaken loose, and are also edible. The unopened leaves and young stalks can be cooked.
They have become very popular as an ornamental in recent years. The species is widely planted in ponds for its foliage and flowers.

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