american lotus, iotus, yellow lotus, water-chinquapin, pond-nut, sacred bean, water chinquapin, water chinkapin
forb, emergent aquatic, aquatic
May - September
0.0 - 0.2
Wetland Coefficient of Conservatism
Prairie Coefficient of Conservatism
Large round leaves held above water, large yellow magnolia like flowers. Leaf round, peltate, entire (no cleft), lies flat on water. 15 yellow petals.
Seeds average approximately 37,000/lb.
Found scattered or locally frequent over the eastern half of Texas south to Aransas and the western half of Louisiana. It is reported from Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana (USDA 1998).
Quiet water of ponds and sluggish streams, pools, estuaries.