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American lotus

Nelumbo lutea

The circular leaves of the American Lotus can be found either floating or arising out of the water on long petioles. From May to August the bees that pollinate American Lotus have two days to accomplish the task. The yellow petals open for one day, close at night, and open for a second day before falling off. The showerhead-like pods that are left will produce seeds that feed waterfowl and beavers.