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Nelumbo nucifera
(sacred lotus)

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Nelumbo nucifera (sacred lotus)

Summary

  • Last modified
  • 14 July 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Host Plant
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Nelumbo nucifera
  • Preferred Common Name
  • sacred lotus
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Dicotyledonae
  • Uses List
  • Flour/starch
  • Honey/honey flora
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Vegetable

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Pictures

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N. nucifera: 1, habit with rhizome, mature leaf and flowerbud, and young developing leaf; 2, mature leaves; 3, flower; 4, receptacle with fruits in the cavities.

Reproduced from the series 'Plant Resources of South-East Asia', by kind permission of the PROSEA Foundation, Bogor, Indonesia.
TitleN. nucifera - line drawing
CaptionN. nucifera: 1, habit with rhizome, mature leaf and flowerbud, and young developing leaf; 2, mature leaves; 3, flower; 4, receptacle with fruits in the cavities. Reproduced from the series 'Plant Resources of South-East Asia', by kind permission of the PROSEA Foundation, Bogor, Indonesia.
CopyrightPROSEA Foundation
N. nucifera: 1, habit with rhizome, mature leaf and flowerbud, and young developing leaf; 2, mature leaves; 3, flower; 4, receptacle with fruits in the cavities.

Reproduced from the series 'Plant Resources of South-East Asia', by kind permission of the PROSEA Foundation, Bogor, Indonesia.
N. nucifera - line drawingN. nucifera: 1, habit with rhizome, mature leaf and flowerbud, and young developing leaf; 2, mature leaves; 3, flower; 4, receptacle with fruits in the cavities. Reproduced from the series 'Plant Resources of South-East Asia', by kind permission of the PROSEA Foundation, Bogor, Indonesia. PROSEA Foundation

Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Nelumbo nucifera Gaertner (1788)

Preferred Common Name

  • sacred lotus

Other Scientific Names

  • Nelumbium nelumbo (L.) Druce (1913)
  • Nelumbium speciosum Willd. (1799)
  • Nymphaea nelumbo L. (1753)

International Common Names

  • English: Indian lotus; lotus (Indian)
  • French: lotus sacré

Local Common Names

  • Cambodia: chhuk
  • Germany: Indische Lotosblume
  • Indonesia: padma; seroja; terate
  • Italy: Loto d'Egitto
  • Laos: bwà
  • Netherlands: lotusbloem, Indische
  • Philippines: baino; sukan; sukaw
  • Thailand: bua-luang; sattabut; ubon
  • Vietnam: hoa sen; sen

EPPO code

  • NELNU (Nelumbo nucifera)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Dicotyledonae
  •                     Order: Nelumbonales
  •                         Family: Nelumbonaceae
  •                             Genus: Nelumbo
  •                                 Species: Nelumbo nucifera

Uses List

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Human food and beverage

  • Flour/starch
  • Honey/honey flora
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Vegetable

Materials

  • Fibre

Medicinal, pharmaceutical

  • Traditional/folklore

Ornamental

  • Christmas tree
  • Cut flower
  • garden plant
  • Potted plant
  • Propagation material
  • Seed trade