The Sacred Lotus

The Sacred Lotus

The Sacred Lotus 1

The Sacred Lotus 1

Common Name: The Sacred Lotus

Scientific Name: Nelumbo nucifera

Distribution: Native to warm temperate & tropical climates, found in Asian nations (Iranto China, Japan and New Guinea) and also in Queensland and Australia, inhabiting the shallow wetland habitats, swamps ponds and lakes.

Description: Revered as a divine symbol in several religions, lotus is a truly iconic plant. An aquatic perennial plant with large pink showy flowers. The roots are buried in the soil of the pond, while the leaves float on top of the water surface or are held well above it. The flowers are found on thick stems. The genus often said to be a close relative of water lilies.

The sacred lotus 2

The sacred lotus 2

Importance:
1. Lotus has been chosen the national flower of India & Vietnam.
2. Roots of the plant are eaten .
3. The dried seed cup is used in dried flower arrangements.
4. Flowers, seeds and the young leaves are used in traditional herbal medicines.

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