Seven images of American Lotus, Yellow Lotus or Yanquapin, Nelumboaceae, Lotus Family. A native aquatic plant widely used for food by native groups of the mid-continent of North America. The roots, peeled and boiled served as a food cooked with meat, corn or acorns. Also dried for the winter. The hard seeds, removed from shells were coved with corn or used in soup. Young shoots also eaten. Plant held sacred by some native groups, just like its Asian counterpart the Sacred Lotus. These are the only two members of the genus.