List of plants known as lotus
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Lotus identifies various plant taxa:
- Nelumbo, a genus of aquatic plants with showy flowers
- Certain species of Nymphaea (water lilies or Egyptian lotuses):
- Lotus (genus) (including bird's-foot trefoils and deervetches), a terrestrial genus with small flowers
- Saussurea (snow lotus), a herbaceous species from the Himalayan vicinity
- Ziziphus lotus, a shrub species with edible fruit
- Diospyros lotus (date-plum, Caucasian persimmon) a tree with edible fruit
Art and religion
"Sacred lotus" may refer to three species with religious significance that are often depicted in art:
- Nelumbo nucifera - in Buddhism, Hinduism and other Indian religions, and generally in Asia in and to the east of India. Padma (attribute) covers it in Indian religions.
- Nymphaea caerulea - the "blue lotus" in Ancient Egyptian religion
- Nymphaea lotus - the "white lotus" in Ancient Egyptian religion. The two Egyptian species are often interchangeable.
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