Lotus Fruit Pod
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|This is a maturing fruit pod of a lotus flower.|
The lotus grows in muddy water. The flowers open, revealing a fruit pod. (It's the only flower to flower and fruit at the same time.) The flower petals start dropping off after three days. The fruit pod grows and eventually drops off too, floating on the surface of the water flat side down so the seeds can sink to the bottom of the pond. It is an important flower in Eastern religions, particularly Hinduism and Buddhism. It was also important in Ancient Egypt and, to a lesser extent, Ancient Greece.
It is of the water lily family, genus Nymphaea (Egyptian) or Nelumbo (Indian).
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