NELUMBONACEAE, Lotus-Lily Family

Aquatic herbs; flowers hypogynous, perfect, regular, elevated above the water on long stout peduncles; perianth parts numerous, spirally arranged, a few outer ones green and sepaloid; stamens numerous; pistils numerous, sunken in the enlarged, obconic, spongy receptacle; leaves long-petiolate, with large, circular, peltate blade, some blades floating. others raised above the water.