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Nelumbo nucifera, known usually known as simply lotus, is a plant in the monotypic family Nelumbonaceae. This plant is an aquatic perennial. Under favorable circumstances its seeds may remain viable for many years, with the oldest recorded lotus germination being from that of seeds 1,300 years old recovered from a dry lakebed in northeastern China..A common misconception is referring to a lotus as a water lily -Nymphaea - an entirely different plant,
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Nelumbo nucifera, known usually known as simply lotus, is a plant in the monotypic family Nelumbonaceae.  This plant is an aquatic perennial. Under favorable circumstances its seeds may remain viable for many years, with the oldest recorded lotus germination being from that of seeds 1,300 years old recovered from a dry lakebed in northeastern China..A common misconception is referring to a lotus as a water lily -Nymphaea - an entirely different plant,