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About the Indian lotus

The Indian lotus is native to the temperate zone of South and Southeast Asia. It spread with Buddhism to subtropical and tropical areas as well, and colonized the north-eastern part of Australia. Nowadays it is commonly cultivated in extended water gardens.

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The leaves of the Indian lotus are held well above water, they are shield-shaped and bluish green. Its glorious flowers are usually found on thick stems rising several centimetres above the leaves. These fragrant flowers are pollinated by insects. The lotus flowers found in the Szeged Botanical Garde are pink, but white-coloured lotuses also exist.

The plant loses its petals after pollination. The seed heads and the stems become woody and resemble watering cans, each spout containing a seed. Lotus seeds are highly resistant; they maintain their germination capacity up to 1000 years.

The lotus has a special root (rhizome) which helps the plant to overwinter, form new shoots in spring and continue to proliferate vegetatively.

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The history of the lotus in Szeged…

The Szeged Botanical Garden has the biggest open-air Indian lotus stock in Central Europe. The first leaves of the plant emerge in May, but its whole beauty in July and August can be enjoyed. In these two months the lake is covered by the huge green leaves and newly emerged pink flowers. In September only the woody, decorative pods can be seen.

In 1932 István Győrffy found the Indian lotus on one of his collection trips in the park of the Návay Castle in Óföldeák. The first shoots were transported from the castle lake to the Szeged Botanical Garden by horse-drawn carriage.

The Indian lotus has grown in the botanical garden from that time, and today it covers more than half of the lake.


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