Nelumbo lutea, also called a yellow lotus, is an aquatic flower that grows in lakes, swamps, and ponds. Its roots are anchored in mud and its leaves and flowers rest above the surface.
Historically the plant was used as a food source due to its robust rhizome and seeds. Wikipedia
You can help scientists understand how climate change is impacting this species by using the phenophase guide below to observe its lifecycle in Nature's Notebook.