Family: Nelumbonaceae (lotus family)
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Family of water plants with rhizomes, found along the
margins of pools in Asia, northern Australia and eastern North
America. There is one genus, Nelumbo, with two species.
Nelumbo lutea (American Lotus, Water Chinquapin, Yanquapin) is native to
North America. Nelumbo nucifera (Sacred Lotus) is native to Asia (Iran
to Japan) and northern Australia, and is cultivated in southern Africa.
Species cultivated in southern Africa
Nelumbo nucifera (Sacred Lotus,
Native to Asia (Iran to Japan) and northern Australia. Regarded as sacred
in India, Tibet and China. Introduced to Egypt in c 500 BC but no longer
occurs on the Nile.
The common name 'lotus' should not be confused with the
latin name Lotus which is a genus in
the pea family Fabaceae.