Round leaves held above the water, pale flowers.
American lotus in bloom. Photo by Jan Dixon.
Herbaceous plant. Some leaves floating, Fruiting body and other leaves erect, to 20 inches above surface of water.
Nelumbo lutea is a species of flowering plant in the monotypic family Nelumbonaceae. Common names include American lotus, yellow lotus, water-chinquapin, and volée. It is native to North America. The Linnaean binomial Nelumbo lutea (Willd.) is the currently recognized name for this species, which has been classified under the former names Nelumbium luteum and Nelumbo pentapetala, among others.