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Flower and leaves of sacred lotus.

Flower and leaves of sacred lotus.

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DR JEREMY BURGESS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR JEREMY BURGESS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

The sacred lotus, Nelumbo nucifera. This is a member of the waterlily family, but differs from most by producing leaves which are held above water level. The flower lasts for one day only, and the seeds which can be eaten raw, pickled or cooked, may germinate after many years' dormancy.

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