The plants are mostly propagated through seeds initially.
The seeds are placed in damp soil and should be exposed to sunlight for at least 6 hours each day initially.
The upper surface of the leaves is waxy and impervious to water.
The flowers are the key focus of the plant, and are large and showy, predominantly pink or white in color.
Scientific Classification Kingdom: Plantae Subkingdom: Viridiplantae Superdivision: Embryophyta Division: Tracheophyta Subdivision: Spermatophytina Class: Magnoliopsida Superorder: Proteanae Order: Proteales Family: Nelumbonaceae Genus: Nelumbo Species: Nelumbo nucifera Distribution Nelumbo nucifera or the Indian Lotus is native to Eastern Asia although its distribution ranges throughout the world in semi-tropical climate condition.
It is predominant in the Indian subcontinent including India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar; but also very common in other south-east Asian countries like Bali, Indonesia, Malaysia etc.It has been an integral part of the Indian culture from time immemorial.A prominent feature of the Indian mythology, the lotus is one with the Indian identity and represents the core values of Indian psyche.The root functions of lotus are carried out by rhizomes that fan out horizontally through the mud below the water.Lotuses, cherished for their tranquil beauty, are delightful to take a look at as their blossoms open on the pond's surface.On the other hand the lotus symbolizes purity of heart and mind.The National Flower 'Lotus' or water lily is an aquatic plant of Nymphaea species with broad floating leaves and bright aromatic flowers that grow only in shallow waters.Average Dimensions: 1.5 cm long; horizontal spread of 3 m Average Diameter: Leaves – 0.6 m; flowers – 0.2 m Average Number of Petals: 30 The national flower of a country should tie in with the culture, history and heritage of a nation.It is meant to reinforce the country’s image to the world and play a part in upholding the qualities that the nation holds true. It is an aquatic herb that is often termed as ‘Padma’ in Sanskrit and enjoys a sacred status among the Indian culture.Name: Indian Lotus, Kamal, Padma, Sacred Lotus Scientific Name: Nelumbo nucifera Adopted in: 1950 Found in: Native to South Eastern Asian countries; cultivated in Australia, Europe, Japan and America.Habitat: Stationary water bodies like ponds, lakes and artificial pools.