Padma, Lotus, Nelumbo nucifera
Flower is big, pink or white, scented. Fully bloomed flower is 15-20 cm across. Sepals 4-5, ovate-elliptical, persistent. Petals many, 4-15 cm long, elliptical. Numerous stamens surround pistil at the center of flower.
Leaves and flowers are used in strangury, blood dysentery, bilious dysentery, vomiting and worm.
A kind of alkaloid is collected from petiole and it is used in fever, liver and heart diseases. Young leaves, petiole and rhizome are eaten as vegetables.
This adorable water plant is commonly cultivated in water-gardens throughout the tropical and subtropical world.