nee-LUM-bo or nay-LUM-bo — Latinized form of aboriginal name … Dave’s Botanary
noo-SIFF-er-uh — nut-bearing … Dave’s Botanary 

commonly known aslotussacred lotus • Assameseকমল komolপদুম podum • Bengaliকমল kamalপদ্ম padma • Gujaratiકમળ kamal,પદ્મ padma • Hindiकमल kamalपद्म padma • Kannadaಕಮಲ kamalaತಾವರೆ tavare • Kashmiriकमल् kamal • Konkaniकमळ kamal • Malayalamതാമര tamara • Manipuriথম্বাল thambal • Marathiकमळ kamalपद्म padma • Nepaliकमल kamal • Oriyaପଦ୍ମ ଫୁଲ padma-phula • Paliपदुम paduma • Punjabiਕੰਵਲ kanwalਪਦਮ padam • Sanskritकमलम् kamalamपद्म padma • Sindhiڪَنوَلُ kanvalu • 

Native to: south-east Asia  
 
Edible use:
… flowers, seeds, young leaves, and roots (rhizomes) are all edible 
 
Plants looking similar to Nymphaea but easily differentiated by its leaves without a sinus (a cut on one side), slightly raised from water and distinctive flat-topped spongy fruit.
Leaves orbicular to reniform, peltate, up to 60 cm in diam on up to 2 m long spiny petiole; flowers pinkish red to white, up to 20 cm across; sepals 4, persistent, ovate; petals many, elliptic; stamens many, anthers with fleshy appendage; fruit flat topped, up to 6 cm broad, spongy with ovoid nuts.  

Nelumbo nucifera (Indian Lotus) : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)

On 7/6/09 in Hyderabad, AP 

Lotus is very common in the aquatic habitats of Imphal valley in Manipur.
The rhizome, petiole and pedicel are used as vegetable. The seeds are edible.
The seeds are sold almost throughout the city of Imphal in roadside shops and vegetable markets. They (inner cotyledons) taste really good.

Never heard about the seeds to be edible before……


Excellent pictures …, i didnt have a picture of rhizomes, thanx for sharing. Hope this is also used as medicine.

Yes, it is used as medicine. It is important part of my report on “Management of Type II Diabetes through Traditional Healing Methods.” Here is some related links.
In Chhattisgarh it is known as Dhens and Sindhi community likes it much. I was not fond of it during my childhood. At that time my mother used to name it as “Chakke vali Sabji” i.e. Curry with wheels due to wheel like structure in rhizome pieces. Now I am fan of this curry.


This beautiful flower and fruits of Nelumbao nucifera– white lotus were seen at Shahpur, Mah., last week of March, ’10.

The Plant has its roots firmly in the mud and sends out long stems to which their leaves are attached. The leaves are sometimes, and flowers always, raised above the water surface. The beautiful and fragrant flower opens in the morning and petals fall in the afternoon. The fruits are a conical pod with seeds contained in holes in the pod. Nucifera means “having hard fruit”. When the seeds are ripe, they become loose in the pod. The pod then tips down towards the water, releasing the seeds. The Lotus grows best in calm freshwater and blooms year round in Singapore
Uses as food: The seeds are eaten; unripe and raw, or ripe and cooked. They are a popular ingredient in local desserts like “cheng teng”. The rhizomes are also eaten. These are long sausage shaped with hollow portions and are connected like sausages on a string. They are boiled in soup; candied as a dessert; or pickled. The petioles and young roots are also eaten. The large circular leaves may be used to wrap food such as in lotus rice. The plant has been cultivated in China since the 12th century BC.
Traditional medicinal uses:
The rhizomes or leaves are used with other herbs to treat sunstroke, fever, diarrhoea, dysentery, dizziness, vomiting of blood, haemorrhoids. The whole plant is used as an antidote to mushroom poisoning
Seeds: The embryonic seeds for high fever, cholera (Chinese), nervous disorders and insomnia; the seeds to stop vomiting, relieve indigestion and diarrhoea or just as a tonic.
Flowers: pounded petals for syphilis; for cosmetic unguents (Java); the flower stalk with other herbs to treat bleeding from the uterus.
Fruit: the pods contain alkaloids that stop bleeding

Nelumbo nucifera, native to India, south-east Asia … is commonly known as: Indian lotus, lotus, oriental lotus, sacred lotus • Assamese: পদম padam • Bengali: কমল komol • Gujarati: motunkamal • Hindi: कमल kamal, कन्वल kanwal • Kannada: ತಾವರೆ tavare • Malayalam: താമര tamara • Manipuri: থম্বাল thambal • Marathi: कमळ kamal • Oriya: ପଦମ padam • Sanskrit: अम्बुज ambuj, कमल kamala, पद्म padma, पंकज pankaja, सरसिज sarsija, शारदा sharada • Tamil: அம்பல் ambal, தாமரை tamarai • Telugu: తామర tamara • Urdu: نیلوفر nilufer

Pollination in lotus is interesting. The lotus increases its temperature to 30 or 36 degree Celsius [even if surrounding air is at 5degree]… to extend hospitality to its pollinator beetle.
The beetles to fly need to increase its temp to 30 degree celesius by shivering violently. This requires heat and energy. How much nicer to land on the lotus which is at 30 to 35 degree. The beetle could eat, digest, mate without any work. IT GETS IMPRISONED AT NIGHT…. by morning flower opens…. it is already pollinated by the beetle.. and beetles too had roti, kapada, makan during the cold night… by morning it has enough heat to fly off.  so both the lotus and lotus benefit… this is coevolution.


Might not be correct  but what i have heard was when we say lotus it is the red colour large flower. otherwise it is water lily. Is it true?


Nelumbo is lotus comes as white and the more commonly seen Pink one. The lily is called Nymphae lotus. Have pics of the same am posting separately.


We may have lot of red flowers in Nymphaea, pinkish in Nelumbi, but what separates the two genera are the leaves. They are rounded in Nelumbo without any cut, where as there is a distinct cut (sinus) in the species of Nymphaea. Nelumbo also has a enlarged spongy torus in fruit with imbedded seeds.

Thank you so much … for all the info. thanks for the charcol photos too. Was not knowing about it.


LOTUS IS A LARGE FLOWER AND GENERALLY ONLY PINK VARIETY IS SEEN WHICH IS USED AS OFFERING TO GODS. I REMEMBER ONE OF MY BENGALI FRIENDS IN ALLAHABAD USED TO GO VILLAGES DURING JANMASHTAMI IN SEARCH OF LOTUS FOR USE IN PUJA. IT HAS BROAD and large PETALS. Whereas in lily the petal is narrower. In Hindu literature and mythology rakta kamal, peet kamal, neel kamal are mentioned which in my opinion are lilies and not lotus.
They say that lotus flower opens in the morning and kumud (lily) in the night when the moonloght falls on it. I think it can be confirmed by the experts. I remeber that once during the university days I got hold of a water lily bud and put it in a glass of water in my room just under the light bulb which was bluish (or milky).  The bud was resting on two nails which I pushed in the wall. After some time it bloomed. These small incidents get stuck in your memory and you fondly remember them from time to time.
Then there is the story of bumblebee (bhaunra, bhramar, madhukar) which gets stuck in the lotus flower in the night and can come out only in the morning when the flower blooms. At least this has been found to be true for makhana flower which is abundant in north Bihar in the Maithil areas. Obviously nature’s way of pollination, giving rise to all the stories of love and attachemt between the bumblebee and the lotus.


To suppport the point made by me and the info given by …, here are a few photographs. they have been taken mainly from Flowers of India. I hope … would not mind as it is only for academic purpose. Attachments (9)


Lotus flower taken in September, 09 at Nasik.


Yes … Very nice photographs of Lotus, Nelumbo nucifera


Request Bot. ID of this lotus. Pic taken in Ramanagram on 13-11-09.

This is Nelumbo nucifera. White or even yellow coloured flowers can be seen. Pls note the typical inverted conical thalamus with embedded
seeds at the center.  

Also Peltate leaves without sinus are characteristic of Nelumbo nucifera.


Fruits & Vegetables Week: RVS-17: Our Indian Sacred Lotus! Rootstock and stolon (stem) are used as vegetable. Seeds are eaten. Note: I request members to view my earlier postings labled as “Flora of Manipur” for a variety of wild edibles and vegetables from Manipur, Northeast India.  
-NATIVE, WILD, CULTIVATED :: Nelumbonaceae (lotus family) » Nelumbo nucifera
Synonyms: Nelumbium speciosum, Nelumbo speciosa, Nymphaea nelumbo
nee-LUM-bo or nay-LUM-bo — Latinized form of aboriginal name
noo-SIFF-er-uh — nut-bearing

Native to: south-east Asia 
Edible use:


… flowers, seeds, young leaves, and roots (rhizomes) are all edible 
Symbolic status:


… National Flower of India
… National Flower of Vietnam
 
Religious status:


… divine symbol … most Buddhist, Chinese, Hindu, Japanese, and other Asian deities are depicted as seated on a lotus flower


It is my pleasure to share few images of Nelumbo nucifera  (Nelumbonaceae 

Habit: Herb 

Habitat: Wild, aquatic, in a tank 

Sighting: Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1000 msl 

Date: 06-06-2015 and 23-06-2015


Thanks for sharing this elegant creation of nature …!!


Nelumbo nucifera is kamala?


Yes …


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Captured these images yesterday at Dhaniakhali, Hooghly. A local resident cultivated this species for commercial use in a roadside marsh.

Species : Nelumbo nucifera var. alba ?
Habit & Habitat : aquatic plant, cultivated species
Date : 12-05-2012, 03.05 p.m.
Place : near Shibaichandi Rly. Stn. (Dhaniakhali, Hooghly)


did he disperse seeds or the rootlets ( or whatever they are known as)


Dhaniakhali is about 25 km NW to my place and i don’t know the person who grows these flowers.


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This is how a flower seller at a temple in Amritsar presented Nelumbo nucifera .. with folded petals.. 
This species is frequently cultivated for edible rhizomes, and lovely flowers..
This has the honour of being “National Flower of India” which this rightly deserves due to its beauty..


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Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn. (a few hrs. make a difference): 9 images.

Madhusudanpur is the next station after Kamarkundu on Howrah-Burdwan-Chord-Line. Main economic activities are agriculture and milk or milk products. All sweetmeat shops of Calcutta and suburbs would have been closed unless daily supply of curd (coagulated milk) from this region and regions lying within 20km of this place were made by milkmen.
The place is slightly lowland around railway tracks and gets submerged during rainy season. Besides, there are some shallow waterbodies dug by railway for excavating ground in order to elevate railway tracks.
A few enthusiasts, with vision, grow lotus in these marshes. I had the info but couldn’t make it earlier. All flowers were plucked a few hours earlier than i reached the place, at around 11.00 a.m., this morning.
Species : Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.
Habit & Habitat : cultivated in lowland
Date : 23/9/12, 11.15 a.m.
Place : Madhusudanpur (Hooghly)
earlier group post :
  1. https://groups.google.com/d/topic/indiantreepix/xrztaFCvYaw/discussion
  2. https://groups.google.com/d/topic/indiantreepix/miUit2fazXg/discussion
  3. https://groups.google.com/d/topic/bodhi-nighantu/iLolHFUlJWA/discussion
  4. https://groups.google.com/d/topic/indiantreepix/S0pc177J_yU/discussion


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LOTUS ID requested : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1 + 1).


Nelumbo sp


Thanks, … I think it’s Nelumbo nucifera. Also see Nelumbo.‎ 


Thanks … But I had thought that this is N.nucifera


Both are  Nelumbo nucifera. There are many varieties.
Pl. see Flower Crops: Cultivation and Management By Singh, A.K. (2006).


Thanks sir…. Finally the doubts have been resolved


Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn wild population in a pond near Mysore, Karnataka,
The fresh flowers are offered to Hindu Lordess Lakshmi/ Durga maa, The dried petals are commercial pharmaceutical ingredient, nice aroma is distilled from the petals in commercial scale, the rhizome of lotus is cooked. Lotus seeds and leaves also used in medicine. Some commercial cultivation of the lotus plant is also happening.


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Attached are pictures of Nelumbo nucifera captured at Bengaluru, Lalbagh in November 2013.
Requested to please validate the ID.


Yes. It is.


 

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Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn., Fruct. Sem. Pl. 1:73. t. 19, f. 2. 1788
Plants looking similar to Nymphaea but easily differentiated by its leaves without a sinus (a cut on one side), slightly raised from water and distinctive flat-topped spongy fruit.
Leaves orbicular to reniform, peltate, up to 60 cm in diam on up to 2 m long spiny petiole; flowers pinkish red to white, up to 20 cm across; sepals 4, persistent, ovate; petals many, elliptic; stamens many, anthers with fleshy appendage; fruit flat topped, up to 6 cm broad, spongy with ovoid nuts.
Photographed from Dal Lake, Kashmir 


 

 

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Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn. … family: Nelumbonaceae  

Flowers of India Discussions at efloraofindia more views in flickr more views on Google Earth
nee-LUM-bo or nay-LUM-bo — Latinized form of aboriginal name … Dave’s Botanary
noo-SIFF-er-uh — nut-bearing … Dave’s Botanary 
commonly known aslotussacred lotus • Assameseকমল komolপদুম podum • Bengaliকমল kamalপদ্ম padma • Gujaratiકમળ kamal,પદ્મ padma • Hindiकमल kamalपद्म padma • Kannadaಕಮಲ kamalaತಾವರೆ tavare • Kashmiriकमल् kamal • Konkaniकमळ kamal • Malayalamതാമര tamara • Manipuriথম্বাল thambal • Marathiकमळ kamalपद्म padma • Nepaliकमल kamal • Oriyaପଦ୍ମ ଫୁଲ padma-phula • Paliपदुम paduma • Punjabiਕੰਵਲ kanwalਪਦਮ padam • Sanskritकमलम् kamalamपद्म padma • Sindhiڪَنوَلُ kanvalu • 

Tamil:தாமரை tamarai • Teluguతామర పువ్వు tamara-puvvu • Tibetanpa dma dkar po • Tuluತಾಮರೆ tamare • Urduکنول kanwal 

Sacred Lotus is the National flower of India (kamal, Hindi: कमल); and also the State Flowers of three of her states: Haryana (kamal, Hindi: कमल), Jammu & Kashmir (kamal, Kashmiri: कमल्) and Karnataka (tavare, Kannada: ತಾವರೆ).

botanical namesNelumbo nucifera Gaertn. … synonymsNelumbo caspica Eichw. • Nelumbo speciosa Willd. • Nymphaea nelumbo L. …NPGS / GRIN 

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love it


Very good photograph. The rhizome (Kamal kakri) is sold in Kashmir as NADRU


Thank you very much … for these names; will keep note of them. I will be taking up compiling names of lotus root / stalk / other names related to lotus in due course of time.


Also known as સરોજ [Saroj] in Gujarati, indicative of its habit of thriving in a waterbody such as a lake or a pond (સરોવર).


Many thanks … for this name. Will keep note of it and include while compiling the numerous names of lotus (most of them derived from Sanskrit). The exercise of sorting the names associated with lotus and water lily will also hopefully be done then. For certain it would be a mind-boggling exercise.


Kannada and Tamil names are correct.


This is cultivated var.


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These are the pics of Nelumbo nucifera recorded from Panipat, though the pond is heavily “infected” with Eichhornia crassipes..could not get fully open flowers..
along Karnataka State Highway No. 34 between Malamba & Gundolli

Date: 15 OCT 2011 … Altitude: about 640 m asl 
Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn. (family: Nelumbonaceae) 


 

 

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Attaching translated version of a song by Tagore, in which KAMAL has been mentioned.


 

 

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Attaching translated version of a song by Tagore where KAMAL has been mentioned.

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Attaching translated version of a song by Tagore, in which KAMAL (Lotus) has been mentioned.

 

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Attaching translated version of a song by Tagore, in which SHATADAL (Lotus) has been mentioned.

 

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Attaching translated version of a song by Tagore where SHATADAL ( =LOTUS ) has been mentioned.


flower I.D. needed : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)
Can anyone help I.D. what flower is depicted in the attached image detail from an enamelled pendant from Jaipur, India?


Lotus is considered holy flower and used in jewellery design in India. I think it is symbolic lotus in your pendant 


This shows a climber with pinnate leaves and a flower with 5 petals in 2 series. Please show the full image besides a close up to be able to guess the plant.


It is just a design of leaves 
Gold smith has nothing to do about botany 
I only guessed flower because normally symbolic lotus flower is used in jewellery design
It is believed that Goddess Saraswati likes lotuses so it used in design 


Yes … Its a lotus


Its a stylized Lotus. Not very accurate is it?

Yet the three lower leaves are more or less commonly seen in the Rangoli arts where  a lotus is depicted every morning outside of homes or on special occasions.  Though the upper part of the flower only shows the central part of the rangoli motif, i imagine its abbreviated in a piece of jewelry.
Also the central upper part seems to be conveying the mangal ghat… usually a sacred vessel of that shape.
But since its a piece of jewelry i guess its just a  lotus, in its stylized form.the leaves leave a lot to be desired in the accuracy rating too… but that’s the artist’s prerogative to create a pleasing motif.
You’ll see such examples of stylized flowers a plenty in most of the inlays too Taj mahal i mean.
Since you are the curator, I would be very interested to know how you catalogue this piece ultimately. Even if for your museum’s internal records.

 

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ID AND EFFECTS PLEASE OF THIS ‘WHITE/CREAM’ LOTUS AT SUKHNA LAKE, CHANDIGARH : 8 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)- 2 Mb each. 
Could the members of the esteemed group provide an identity for this lotus that has colonised a substantive acreage at Chandigarh’s Sukhna lake (regulator-end). Currently flowering in profusion. Is this an invasive, exotic lotus? What could be its effects on wetlands and their flora?  

Yes, it is lotus. Pl. Check more details in efi site. 


Thank you, …, but which lotus? I believe it could be an invasive species.


I think we have only one Lotus in India. I think Nelumbo nucifera. Pl. Check the spelling. You can check in efi site on Lotus. Top most entry should be correct. 


Pl. see details at Nelumbo nucifera


Thank you, …. But if I am not wrong, this is Nelumbo lutea (commonly known as American lotus)?


Nelumbo lutea is reported from North America as per Catalogue of Life. We have no report of this plant so far in efi.


Thank you, …. But a botantist of Panjab Univ, Chandigarh, Prof Amrik S. Ahluwalia, who has been working on Sukhna lake’s weeds, has identified it as Nelumbo lutea (commonly known as American lotus). There are ways in which exotic species can enter India, and this seems the case here, too.


Thanks, … Than pl. ask him how to differentiate it from Nelumbo nucifera as he must be aware.


Did you get any reply ?


I have sought from … the distinctions between the two lotus species. He has assured of providing the same within a few days.


Thanks. Pl. Let us know so that we are also aware of any new development. 


  

 

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Fwd: DESTRUCTION OF LOTUS ( WHITE ) : 2 posts by 1 author. Attachments (1)

I was familiar with three types of Nelumbo nucifera (LOTUS/ PADMA/ KAMAL) at this place. One was a very special as it was white in colour. Due to it’s colour it is known as SHWET PADMA in Sanskrit. Cooch Behar is a place where there are many pond (DHIGHI/P UKUR in Bangla). One of the pond known as RAJMATA DIGHI was full of White lotus. I saw it in 2010 and took many photographs. Sometime in 2012 municipality authority in their wisdom cleaned the pond and removed all the White Lotus. I was hopeful that some roots must have escaped their zeal and will turn up next year. This did not happen. At present there are few water lily in the same pond.

When I see the images of this beautiful flower I feel sad.

Thanks, …  I think this is happening every where due to human pressures. 


Thank you … I am a witness to many incidents like this.


 

 

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Location: Kasara Resort Chitwan, Nepal
Altitude:  550 ft.

Date: 10 August 2014 

Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn. ??


 

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Nelumbo nucifera :: Osudu, Puducherry :: 14 OCT 19 : 5 posts by 3 authors. 3 images.
Osudu  Puducherry

Date: October 14, 2019 … Altitude range: about 15 m (50 feet) asl

Nelumbo nucifera  Gaertn.  


awww. season sesh. third photo looks sooo serene


Indeed, the scene shown by third pic is very pleasing.

I had been there expecting that an entire day would be less for exploring.
In tourist map of Puducherry, there is a mention of Ousteri Wetland and National Park.
If searched on internet, there is lot of promising substance written about the wetland and national park.
But the project never seemed to have seen taken up by governments of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.
Other than this old, very large, man-made lake, there is nothing to admire.
Besides the thin scrub around the lake’s periphery, there is no much scope for botanizing (having national park in mind).
Perhaps, birders may find it good – only if they have exceptionally good zoom lens.


yes and my dad would have said he liked the first picture. would say it shows life cycles thru, getting ready for next season … and  hope … and that i should admire even the leafless  tree in all its linear intricate designs but seeing so many people, patients die in front of me. i like to see serene and full of life things, pictures etc
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sorry that the tourism as it description let you down

References:
Nelumbo nucifera – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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