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Water Lily / Lotus

 

There are many varieties of lotus including the Fabulous White Water Lily, Sacred Lotus, Indian Water Lily, Indian Blue Water Lily and European White Water Lily. Water lilies grow well along the bank of streams and lakes, and their roots are anchored deep in the mud.

The buds mostly open at dawn and close at dusk, but there are also varieties whose buds open at dusk. In the Inlay lake area, fibres from the lotus stems are used to make robes for Buddhist monks, as drapes for religious images, and as expensive shawls for the international market.

The lotus originates in India and China , and it has large pink or white five- petalled flowers and round leaves, covered with a network of fine hairs that causes raindrops to roll off them. Both flowers and leaves rise a considerable distance above the water on long stalks.