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Interesting facts about lotuses

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Welcome to our website, dear readers. Lotus (Nelumbo) is a genus of dicotyledonous plants, the only representative of the Lotus family (lat. Nelumbonaceae).

The lotus flower is sacred in India and China. In Eastern cultures, it symbolizes spiritual enlightenment and rebirth. In Buddhism, it is associated with enlightenment. In the art of Hinduism and Buddhism, it is used as a pedestal for divine figures.

But this is not all that you need to know about this flower. And in today’s publication, we have collected the most interesting facts about lotuses.

#1

It is an aquatic herbaceous perennial plant. It belongs to the Nelumbonaceae family. His homeland is Asia. The flower of this plant grows singly, and its diameter can reach 25-30%.

#2

This flower grows in shallow waters in muddy waters, rooting in the soil with thick rhizomes with fibrous roots. Leaves and flowers grow directly from the root system, not the stem.

No. 3

There are only two species: Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn (Nut-bearing) and Nelumbo lutea (Yellow/American). The first type at the beginning of flowering has bright pink petals, which become almost white before the petals fall. The petals of the second type are colored yellow or cream.

#4

Lotus is a truly unique plant. They grow in muddy water, but at the same time they have incredible beauty and symbolize purity. There is even a belief that the dirtier the water in which this plant grows, the more beautiful its flower will be.

#5

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Not everyone knows that some plants are capable of thermoregulation. The process of thermoregulation in plants in general is very similar to the ability of birds and mammals to maintain their body heat. Lotus is one of these plants. The temperature of its flower remains in the 30 degree Celsius range during the day, even when the ambient temperature drops below this mark. Even if the lotus is in an environment with a temperature of 15 degrees Celsius, its flower will maintain a temperature of 30 degrees Celsius.

#6

Its flowers, seeds, young leaves and rhizomes are edible. In Asian countries, its petals are also often used as decorations for salads, and large leaves – as a wrapper for baking any product. As for the root, it is a real delicacy in a number of Asian countries. Cooked lotus root has a sweet taste and a crunchy texture.

#7

This is a very beautiful flower, but short-lived. One flower blooms for about 3-4 days, after which it crumbles. But due to the fact that there are a lot of flowers, and new buds grow out of the water every day, it seems that lotuses bloom endlessly.

#8

Its leaves are covered with a wax coating, which prevents them from getting wet and immersed in water. The wax coating repels water. Due to this repulsive effect, water droplets roll off the surface of the sheet. The rolling drops also help clean up any dirt present on the surface of the sheet.

#9

After the petals fall off, the seed pod remains. It turns dark brown when fully ripe. On the top of the seed box there are holes in which the seeds ripen. As the plant dries out, the seed pod tilts so that the seeds fall into the water.

#10

Today, it is one of the most common flowers that people choose to tattoo on their bodies. Moreover, in some parts of Asia, in particular in Japan, the lotus is one of the most common tattoos, along with the so-called koi carp. The union of this fish and this flower symbolizes pain, struggle and eventually growth.

#11

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In yoga there is a lotus flower pose. This is the traditional posture for entering deep meditation. The person sits on the floor and crosses his legs, puts them over his hips, and finally puts his hands on his knees.

#12

Under favorable circumstances, lotus seeds can remain viable for hundreds of years. Scientists have discovered seeds in a dry lake in northeast China that are at least 1,300 years old and have not lost their ability to germinate by that time.

#13

Because of their astringent properties, crushed lotus seeds are used in folk medicine as an internal remedy for diarrhea, and flowers as an astringent to stop bleeding.

In the folk medicine of Asian countries, in particular in India, this flower is also used to treat gastrointestinal disorders (for example, vomiting and diarrhea), to treat diseases such as cholera and fever, to combat worms, etc.

#14

Some people may confuse lily and lotus. But they are two completely different plants. Lily (aka water lily), is a plant of the Water Lily family. This family includes more than 50 plant species. As for the lotus, it belongs to the Lotus family and is its only representative.

Unlike the water lily, in which the leaves lie flat on the water, in the lotus they rise above the water.

Also, there is a difference in flower size. The lotus usually has a larger flower than the water lily.

#15

The seeds of this plant contain oil. Lotus oil is one of the most expensive essential oils in the world. And this is not surprising, since only 1 ml of essential oil is obtained from 100 kg of flowers. This oil has a wide range of uses. It is used in folk medicine, cosmetology, massage, yoga, etc.

#16

Since ancient times, the dried petals and stamens of this flower have been used to brew tea. In ancient times, people of royal origin drank lotus tea.

#17

Nut-bearing lotus is on the verge of extinction, therefore it is listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation. This is caused by both the human factor (drainage of water bodies, collection of flowers, etc.) and natural disasters.

This concludes our article. Thank you for paying attention to our Internet resource.

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