The Egyptian 'Lotus'  Nymphaea Caerulea, the Blue Water Lily.  (It can be confused with Blue Lotus or sacred lotus below)

Grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty and then
 at night the flower closes and sinks underwater, at dawn it rises and opens again.
Lotus symbolizes the purity of heart and mind. The lotus flower represents long life, health, honor and good luck.


Nelumbo nucifera (Gaertn.)

"The Jewel in the eye of the Lotus"

The dry seed cup of the Lotus flower


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