Nelumbo nucifera sacred lotus

Is in flower now in the Astral southern hemisphere summer.

Nelumbo nucifera flower. Image by author.
Nelumbo nucifera pond Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Note large pithy, conical fruiting receptacles, just above leaves. Image by author.
A billabong, meaning waterhole, often near a watercourse. Image by author.
The pond has a leak, which gives an opportunity to see the muddy soil in which the sacred lotus grows. Image by author.
Painting on papyrus paper of the papyrus plant, Cyperus papyrus, on left, and the blue lotus Nymphaea caerulea with Egyptian geese Alopochen aegyptiaca. Image by author.

Peter Miles B.Env.Sc. 45 years in Environmental Science, specializing in Wildlife and Conservation Biology. Writes about Animals, Revegetation & Climate Change.

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