The American Lotus

By: Saani Kulkarni

The importance of Lotus flowers

Lotus flowers are very important to the environment, especially people. They were used as clean drinking water sources for fisherman, since the clean rainfall got caught in their leaves. Also, scientists are replicating the lotus leaves' structure and using the repellence system for applications like coating hulls of ships, to protecting suspension cables. Native Americans also included lotus leaves in their diet, since they ate the rhizomes, and people in Louisiana eat Cajun peanuts (Another name for the American lotus), a Louisiana specialty.

Annual or Perennial?

The American Lotus is usually perennial, since its most active growth period is the summer.

It blooms the most in mid-summer, and it produces food and seeds in the summer all the way to fall. It has a long life span compared to other flowers, too. It dies around mid or early fall, and regrows in early summer, though it can survive in temperatures up to -36 degrees F.

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Leaf Structure and Function

The leaf is a very important plant part. They provide most of the plant's food. They use photosynthesis to capture sunlight which the plant uses to make food. They have chlorophyll, which is what turns the leaf green, and absorbs light energy.
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Stems: Herb or Woody?

This picture above shows the traits of both a wood and herb stem structure. The lotus stem is an herb stem. The function of the stem is to support the plant, act as a plumbing system, and carry nutrients from the roots and food from the leaves , to other places in the plant.
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Roots and their Function

This picture above shows the labeled structure of a root. The lotus flower's root type is most likely a fibrous root. The function of roots is to absorb water and minerals from the soil. They also hold the plant up, so it does not fall down. Another thing that roots do is store additional food for future use.

Root Types

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Monocot Traits

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