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Nelumbo nucifera

Nelumbo nucifera
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-01-30
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-02-20 15:38
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Proteales
Family: Nelumbonaceae
Genus: Nelumbo
Species: N. nucifera

Nelumbo nucifera, known by numerous common names including Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India, or simply lotus, is one of two species of aquatic plant in the family Nelumbonaceae. The Linnaean binomial Nelumbo nucifera (Gaertn.) is the currently recognized name for this species, which has been classified under the former names, Nelumbium speciosum (Willd.) and Nymphaea nelumbo, among others. Names other than Nelumbo nucifera (Gaertn.) are obsolete synonyms and should not be used in current works. This plant is an aquatic perennial. Under favorable circumstances its seeds may remain viable for many years, with the oldest recorded lotus germination being from that of seeds 1,300 years old recovered from a dry lakebed in northeastern China.
A common misconception is referring to the lotus as a water lily (Nymphaea), an entirely different plant, as can be seen in the center of the flowers, which lack the structure that goes on to form the distinctive circular seed pod in the Nelumbo nucifera.
Native to Tropical Asia and Queensland, Australia,it is commonly cultivated in water gardens. It is also the national flower of India and Vietnam and common in the Mauritius island too.


l fior di loto asiatico (Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn., 1788) è una pianta acquatica originaria dell'Asia e dell'Australia, appartenente alla famiglia delle Nelumbonaceae.
È una pianta a crescita rapidissima, tipica di stagni e invasi con acque stagnanti o quasi prive di corrente, profondi 5-50 cm ed oltre.
Questa specie ha foglie di colore verde-glauco, peltate, di aspetto ceroso, grandi fino a 60 cm di diametro, che emergono per oltre 1 m dal pelo dell'acqua, con un lungo peduncolo che supera in lunghezza il picciolo, i fiori di grandi dimensioni oltre 20 cm di diametro, sono colorati di rosa con un tipico profumo d’anice, con frutti molto ornamentali.
l fior di loto viene considerato un fiore sacro per l'Induismo e il Buddhismo, mentre in India è uno dei simboli nazionali e appare nelle bandiere di alcuni principati indiani (prima dell'unificazione) e in due delle quattro varianti della bandiera dell'indipendenza indiana, presentata nel 1907 a Stoccarda, da Bhikaiji Cama, un'importante rappresentante del Movimento per l'indipendenza indiana.
Nel Buddhismo è il simbolo dell'essenza della vita umana (buddhità) che, pur rimanendo pulita, affonda le radici nel fango della realtà. Senza il fango il loto non può esistere, così come il Buddha si manifesta grazie agli affanni della vita quotidiana. Inoltre il loto sviluppa il frutto e il seme nello stesso periodo e quindi è il simbolo della legge buddista di causa-effetto.

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Excellent close-up capture of the core of this flower from Mauritius, Luciano. This Lotus is something new for me.
Very sharp and well composed selective shot.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-02-20 18:03]

Hello Neighbor,
A wonderful presentation of this gorgeous Indian Lotus bloom. It's amazing you managed to obtain so much DOF with an aperture setting of just f/4. Great job!! Exceptional detail and beautiful true and natural colors. Excellent view of the colorful seed pod.
I remember the first time I visited the ocean and found quite a few black seed pods similar to this lying along the beach. I didn't know what they were at the time, and later realized that they were just lotus seed pods.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2014-02-20 18:53]

beautiful and good macro. nicely executed. good work

Hello luciano,
Beautiful detailed flower.Details are excellent with good depth and sharpness.Shadow made a beautiful atmosphere here.Like it.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hi Luciano!
Great closeup of this interesting variety of Lotus. Perfect exposure to highlight the details; very artistic composition.Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

Hello SIR
照的清晰 很漂亮的白荷花
顏色潔白真誠 還是紅色的蓮蓬 真是很新奇
光線亮麗 花朵也很漂亮 照像的角度很特別
看起來真是美麗 照的很好看
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hello Luciano,
Thanks for visiting my gallery. This is a truly interesting image with a strange plant. Excellent details and perfect focus as you usually do.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-02-21 4:23]

Bonjour Luciano,
Une image particulière du lotus présenté comme un soleil rayonnant. Les couleurs sont assez étranges, on dirait que tu as fait du PP.work, mais peut-être n'est-ce que la luminosité intense! le résultat se laisse voir.
Bon après-midi

Very creative Luciano, excellent exposure control, lovely colour tones, good detail sharpness, a very pleasing image to view, well done my good friend,

Best Regards,


Hello Luciano,

Hope you are well. This is a really exquisite extreme close-up shot of this wonderful looking Indian Lotus.This is an intimate peep into the heart of the flower with lovely details.The stamens and petals look amazing.A careful study indeed. Thanks a lot for sharing a wondrous shot, take care,

warm regards,


hallo Luciano
great shot of thisd lotus flower with great sharpness and good light
the colours are beautiful to
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Luciano, gran bel fiore esotico, ottima nitidezza e splendidi colori, bravo, buona Domenica, ciao Silvio
PS oggi ero uscito con l'obiettivo macro e ho trovato la neve...

Hi Luciano, I do not see many of this species on TN. Your image came with a detail note of this flower. Super close up adds to its clarity and with fine texture. I think the roots of this flower can be eaten like potatoes. Chinese use the roots for the soup and for the purpose of medicine too. Thank for sharing

Fantastis close up Luciano!
Superb colour with very perfect exposure.
Good composition.
Best wishes,

Hello Luciano ,
Extremely interesting interior flower.

Ciao Luciano
Che un bel fiore!
La nitidezza ei colori sono molto ben fatti
Grazie Luciano

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful close-up,great details and well composed.

Molto bello il rilievo.

Ciao Luciano. Chiusura fenomenale con dettaglio impressionante su due dei colori più difficili in assoluto. Delicato gioco di luce.


nice and unusual angle of the lotus flower, greetings Ori

Hi Luciano,
superbe composition et belles couleurs. Un vrai chef-d'oeuvre!!
bonne journée

Hello Luciano
What an amazing macro of this beautiful Indian Lotus. The clarity is right on and you managed to capture most of the flower in focus. It's just lovely.
TFS Janice

Inside of a white lotus....

Good macro.

Thaumbs up

Hello Luciano

excellent macro of this flower, that with its shape,
the light and the color tones it looks like the sun, TFS


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