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Published In: De Fructibus et Seminibus Plantarum. . . . 1: 73. 1788. (Fruct. Sem. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 8/25/2017)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 7/9/2009)
Status: Introduced


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2. Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn. (sacred lotus, East Indian lotus)

Pl. 458 h; Map 2084

Leaves with the petioles having scattered, slender prickles, these often breaking off at maturity, leaving a roughened surface. Flower stalks with scattered prickles similar to those of the petioles. Tepals (except the outermost) pink or strongly pinkish-tinged (sometimes fading to white), the longest tepal 7–14 cm, all of the tepals usually shed as the fruits mature. Anthers with the sterile appendage 3–7 mm long. Receptacle with 10–38 embedded pistils, becoming enlarged to 10 cm at fruiting, tapering from the upper rim to the base, the sides usually not or only very slightly fluted longitudinally, often finely pebbled or roughened. Fruits 10–20 mm long, 7–13 mm wide, mostly elliptic to ovate in outline. 2n=16, 24. June–September.

Introduced, uncommon, known thus far from Iron County and the Kansas City region (Europe, Asia, south to Australia; introduced sporadically in the eastern [mostly southeastern] U.S. west to Missouri and Louisiana, also South America, Caribbean Islands). Ponds and lakes.



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