Indian Lotus Flower

The Indian Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is an aquatic perennial plant in the family Nelumbonaceae, native to southern Asia and Australia, having large leaves which can reach 24 inches in diameter, fragrant, pinkish flowers having up to 6 inches long petals, a broad, rounded, perforated seedpod, and fleshy rhizomes. It's known by a number of names including Indian Lotus, Sacred Lotus, Bean of India, or simply Lotus. Lotus seeds, leaves and roots (rhizome) are edible. Lotus roots are eaten raw or cooked liked other vegetables. It's full of fiber and various vitamins and other nutrients. The seeds are eaten raw or roasted. Lotus is the national flower of Indian and Vietnam.

Indian Lotus Flowers - Nelumbo nucifera
Lotus Flower
Lotus Flower
Lotus Flower and Bud
Lotus Flowers and Plants
Lotus Bud and Leaf
Lotus Bud
Lotus Seed Pod
Lotus Seed Pod Closeup
Lotus Seeds

7 comments:

Katie said...

nice, we have Water Lillies here but they are not pink like the Lotas. They are so pretty.

Kids Curriculum said...

Lovely pictures. Awesome flower.

Harold Stiver said...

A gorgeous series, well done!!

birdy said...

Thanks you all for your visit and feedback. It's highly appreciated.

anti snore said...

Wah!! Lotus flower wonderful!! wonderful!This photography was very amazing and colorful. Thanks for sharing.

birdy said...

@Anti Snore, Thanks for the comment and liking the photographs.

singamartin said...

Lotuses are symbols of purity and 'spontaneous' generation and hence symbolize divine birth. According to the Lalitavistara, 'the spirit of the best of men is spotless, like the new lotus in the [muddy] water which does not adhere to it', and, according to esoteric Buddhism, the heart of the beings is like an unopened lotus.