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Aquatic Plants: American Lotus Painting

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American Lotus (Nelumbo lutea), watercolor pencil & watercolor
Commissioned by: FLW Outdoors Magazine

About American Lotus:
American lotus is perennial. It is also referred to as the "Yellow Lotus". It is native in the United States in the midwest, most eastern states, and California. It is endangered in New Jersey and Pennsylvania but invasive in Connecticut. The leaves may be emersed or floating on water. It is found in water as deep as six feet. It is sometimes confused with water lilies. The leaves of the American lotus are not slit as they are in water lilies. Flowers are about six inches in diameter. Seed pods are distinctive and often used in flower arranging.

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta (flowering plants)
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Proteales
Family: Nelumbonaceae
Genus: Nelumbo
Species: Nelumbo lutea

More information about American Lotuses:
American Lotus
American Water Lotus
Nelumbo lutea

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