Lotus and Water Lilly

albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)February 18, 2011

Are Lotus and Water Lilly the same? Does the armature language overlap? Does the technical language overlap?

[I noticed one site listed a genus for water Lilly and then put lotus in parenthesis.]

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There is only one water lily that is called lotus and that is the Egyptian Blue Lotus (Nymphaea caerulea). I believe, if I'm correct with this, that there are some water lilies that are crosses with lotus which I thing the class or family or something is called lotos but mainly, water lilies and lotus are different.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2011 at 8:28PM
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Cross usage of the common name lotus is part of the problem, as are ebay sellers using lotus and lily in the same description just to get keywords in.

But lotus and waterlilies are distinct types of plants with lotus in the genus Nelumbo (family Nelumbonaceae )and waterlilies in the genus Nymphaea (family Nymphaceae )

To my knowledge there have been no crosses between lotus and lilies; Lotos is a subgenus in the waterlily family that groups together most of the night blooming waterlilies and in no way involves Lotus.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2011 at 7:00AM
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