Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Sacred Lotus - Nelumbo nucifera   Gaertner
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AuthorGaertner
DistributionScattered in the lower Piedmont and the Coastal Plain.

Native of China; in N.A. mostly in the southeastern states.
AbundanceRare; no collections since 1989.
HabitatArtificial ponds and impoundments; also "drainage runoff across road from lake."
PhenologyFlowering late July - early September.
IdentificationIn flower, the pink corolla -- composed of numerous petals -- separates it from N. lutea, which has a light yellow corolla. Vegetatively they probably cannot be told from each other. The flowers are among the largest of any species -- native or not --in the state.
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