Botanical name: Nelumbo nucifera
Common name: Sacred Lotus
Hindi: Kamal, Pundarika, Padma
Tamil: Tamarai, Ambal
Telugu: Tamara, Erra-tamara
It is a member of water lily family, its large pink or white petalled flowers and leaf stalks rise above the water, sometimes for a considerable distance. The large, round leaves are covered with a network of microscopic hairs, which keep them dry in a rain. When the flower petals fall, they are replaced by a flat-topped seed pod divided into compartments, resembling a wasp’s hive. The tender seeds are munched happily in the north-east India. Infact, the stem is eaten almost in all parts of India, and pickled too. A postal stamp was issued by the Indian Postal Department to commemorate this flower.