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a yellow-colored flower when fully bloom, the american lotus is also known as water-chinquapin. it has a large root that was used by native americans as a food source.

kingdom : plantae
division : magnoliophyta
class : magnoliopsida
order : proteales
family : nelumbonaceae
genus : nelumbo
specie : nelumbo lutea

the plant's genus glorifies the seeds, nelumbo which means 'sacred bean'. in many cultures, it is sacred and a symbol of beauty.
the plant propagates itself not only from seeds but also from rhizome and tubers. the rhizomes are stems that creep along the muddy bottom. tubers are stout and banana-shaped and can reach 10 inches in lenght and one half a pound in weight.
later in the spring the rolled-up, red brown leaves push out of the mud. the crinkled leaf slowly opens during the warm days and soon becomes a big leaf platter with a depression in the center where the stems join from below. the leaves often attain a width of a foot or more. the surface of the leaf sheds water and after a rainstorm the remnant droplets remain in the leaf, like shiny globule of mercury. the leaves either float on the surface or are erect and extend 1-2 feet above the water.

info source : wikipedia

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