(NPS Photo; Eric L. Leonard)
Nelumbo lutea, the American yellow lotus, is the only lotus native to the
The American lotus produces the largest flower of any plant in
A number of common names, many of native American origin, are used to identify this species. Among them are: American lotus, yellow lotus, water-chinquapin, duck acorn, lotus lily, yellow Nelumbo, yanquapin, wonkapin, and pond nuts. In the Arkansas Post area, the common name of yancopin is most commonly used; in fact, a nearby community on the
Did You Know?
The Nutria is an exotic species introduced from South America in the early 20th century. Since then, they have outcompeted natives such as the Beaver and Muskrats by producing offspring several times a year!