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Taxon: Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.

Genus: Nelumbo
Family: Nelumbonaceae
Nomen number: 25110
Place of publication: Fruct. sem. pl. 1:73, t. 19. fig. 2. 1788
Name verified on: 01-Jun-1994 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 31-Oct-2001
No species priority site assigned.


Common names:

  • East Indian lotus   (Source: F NAmer ) – English
  • lotus   (Source: F NAmer ) – English
  • lotusroot   (Source: Food Feed Crops US ) – English
  • Oriental lotus   (Source: F NAmer ) – English
  • sacred lotus   (Source: F NAmer ) – English
  • lian   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • fève d'Egypte   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • lotus indien   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • lotus sacré   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • indische Lotosblume   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German
  • indischer Lotus   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • padma   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – India
  • yeonkkot   (Source: F Korea ) – Transcribed Korean
  • lotus-do-Egito   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Portuguese
  • flor-de-lotus   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • lótus   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • lótus-índico   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • lótus-sagrado   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • loto sagrado   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • rosa del Nilo   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • indisk lotus   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

    Western Asia: Iran [n.w.]
    Caucasus: Azerbaijan [e.]
    Russian Far East: Russian Federation - Amur, Primorye
    China: China [s. & e.]
    Eastern Asia: Japan; Korea; Taiwan
    Indian Subcontinent: Bhutan; India; Nepal; Sri Lanka
    Indo-China: Myanmar; Thailand; Vietnam
    Malesia: Indonesia; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines
    Australia: Australia - Northern Territory [n.], Queensland
    East Europe: Russian Federation - European part [s.e.]

  • naturalized elsewhere

  • also cultivated




Check other web resources for Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.:

  • Flora of North America: Collaborative Floristic Effort of North American Botanists
  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Nelumbo nucifera cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Embryo drawing: U.S. National Seed Herbarium drawing
  • Fruit: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
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