Lotus (padma) aquatic nymphaceous plant, Nelumbo nucifera, having shield-like leaves and solitary flowers usually projecting above the water; leaves are similar to water lilies but somewhat cupped and some of the leaves stand above the surface of water. Flowers are about 8-15 cm across, rose pink to white and fragrant.
Local Hindu communities extensively use this flower during their durga puja festival. Flowers are also used in indigenous system of medicine. The ripe seeds are edible. [Mostafa Kamal Pasha]
See also water lily.