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Nelumbo nucifera (Sacred Lotus, Padma)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Order: Proteales > Family: Nelumbonaceae

Nelumbo nucifera (Sacred Lotus, Padma)
Nelumbo nucifera (Sacred Lotus, Padma) Nelumbo nucifera (Sacred Lotus, Padma)

Nelumbo nucifera (Sacred Lotus), Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. [photos John Burrows ]

 

Native to Asia (Iran to Japan) and northern Australia. Regarded as sacred in India, Tibet and China. Introduced to Egypt in c 500 BC but no longer occurs on the Nile. Cultivated in southern Africa.

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