Seed pod of Indian lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)

Indian lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is also known as the sacred lotus, padma, bean of India, sacred water-lily, nembo speciosum, and nymphaea nelumbo. It is a large flowered aquatic perennial found throught Asia. The plant is edible, and is also used in herbal medicine. It is a significant plant in the Hindu religion.

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