Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.

Sacred Lotus

A larger plant than n. lutea. Leaves waxy grey-green, wavy-edged, held above the water. Flowers single or double, usually delicate pink and frag­rant; spring to summer. Sacred flower of Buddhism and several other faiths.

S Asia extending to N Australia

Widely grown in Asia for the edible seeds often used in confectionery, and rhizomes used as a vegetable. Cultivars may be double, they are coloured carmine to white and include: 'Alba' white; 'Alba Striata' white edged carmine; 'Alba Plena' double white; 'Pekinense Rubra' dwarf with reddish-purple flowers; 'Rosea Plena' double pink.

Source: Marshall, N.; Spencer, R. (1997). Nymphaeaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Proteanae
order      Proteales
family       Nelumbonaceae
genus        Nelumbo Adans.