Nelumbo Lutea: The American Yellow Lotus
The American lotus, otherwise known as yellow lotus, volée, water-chinquapin and the scientiﬁc name, Nelumbo lutea, is an aquatic plant native to North America. It grows as a carpet of beautiful yellow ﬂowers with windswept, umbrella-like, large green leaves and shower-head–like seed pods on bodies of water. I developed this project to document the natural history of this beautiful American lotus over several summers. I took the photographs below on Lake Manawa in Council Bluﬀs, Iowa, and Carter Lake in Carter Lake, Iowa. Learn more about the wide spectrum of life for this ﬂower .
These four photos are representative of the various stages of the plant: