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Pictures of Lotus Flowers - Nelumbo nucifera Taken in Thailand

The flowers, seeds, young leaves, and "roots" (rhizomes) are all edible The Buddha is often depicted sitting on a giant lotus leaf or blossom

Nelumbo nucifera flower - Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae - Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida - Order: Proteales
Family: Nelumbonaceae - Genus: Nelumbo
Species: N. nucifera

Ancient Egyptians venerated the blue water-lily In Buddhist symbolism, the lotus represents purity of body, speech, and mind The seed cup is commonly used in flower arrangements The lotus flower is quoted extensively within Puranic and Vedic literature Boiled, sliced lotus roots used in various Asian cuisine The large lotus leaves are used as a wrap for food

Nelumbo nucifera is known by a number of common names, including blue lotus, Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India, and sacred water-lily.


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