CRISTINA PEDRAZZINI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CRISTINA PEDRAZZINI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Lotus flower (Nelumbo sp.), close-up. The central reproductive parts (yellow) are surrounded by the petals (white). The lotus flower, a member of the water-lily family, is sacred in India and China, as Buddha was supposedly born in the heart of a lotus flower. Photographed in the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens, in the Pamplemousses district of Port Louis, Mauritius.
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