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Royal Lotus

The Royal Lotus is not the most subtle of blooms; the flower has the diameter of a basketball and stands a metre out of the water on a sturdy stalk.

When the bud opens, the fruit has already formed, and is just awaiting the fertilisation process so it can grow about 20 viable seeds.

An emphatically sexy flower like this should have little trouble in winning the services of  the mobile sex workers.

Royal Lotus

The Royal Lotus is not the most subtle of blooms; the flower has the diameter of a basketball and stands a metre out of the water on a sturdy stalk.

When the bud opens, the fruit has already formed, and is just awaiting the fertilisation process so it can grow about 20 viable seeds.

An emphatically sexy flower like this should have little trouble in winning the services of  the mobile sex workers.

comments (10)

  • Martin
  • United States
  • 23 Oct 2007, 00:23
I don't care that it isn't subtle. It is quite beautiful. Are they in bloom now?
Ray: Hi Martin. A pond of these things can be quite breathtaking. They are blooming right now, but they have a very long flowering season.
It is a useful plant...in addition to looking great, the seeds are edible [either raw or cooked], the stalk is edible in a curry, the leaves make excellent plates or food wrappers instead of clingwrap, and the roots can be cooked and eaten also.
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 23 Oct 2007, 03:36
It's a shame, but I got to admit, I've never seen a lotus plant in bloom alive. Just can't imagine the basketball size petals. If only you had something on the picture for scale...
Ray: I wrote an imaginary basketball into the picture for scale, VZ. Here's another...the yellow fruit in the centre of the flower has about the same diameter as a cricket ball.

Put on your list of "Things to do before I die" the following... "See a blooming Lotus".
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 23 Oct 2007, 06:19
The first thing out of my mouth was, "Oh, Man!" It has become one of my favorite expressions with your photos, Ray.

It's hard to imagine a lotus flower that big but I trust you. And this one is a Likey for me! Your detail is so crisp and focused.
Ray: They are that big, Ginnie.
But, surprisingly delicate and short-lived...the petals all fall off in just a couple of days.
This example is the most common colour, but there are a few variations.
Thank you for your comment.
Very nice shot. I love the colours in the center and the textures around that. I believe there just might be a bug in the textured part too.
Ray: You have good eyes, Mary. That is a bug, for sure.
  • MONIKA
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Oct 2007, 11:59
Amazing flower and very good shot! I like your explanatory comment too! smile
Ray: Thank you, Monika. I am pleased you like this post.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 23 Oct 2007, 14:23
You and the sex workers. Seems to me they provide a door-to-door service over there in Thailand. Some slogan like 'Use, don't abuse'

Excellent picture. You tell VZ there is something for scale on the flower. There is a vulture sitting at about 2 o'clock from the middle next to the fruit.
Ray: Hi Louis.
I have a lot of respect for sex workers. Its a very noble occupation in the insect world, and our flora would be in deep trouble if the sex workers suddenly did not exist.
I have a number of friends, female and male, who are sex workers in Thailand...wonderfully warm folks, and doing the same things everyone else does when they are not working [you know, looking after a sick parent, worrying about how their kids are progressing at school, partying with friends].
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 23 Oct 2007, 15:10
Beautiful. This is such an amazing plant. The leaves of this water lilly are so big (3 meters) that a person weighing about 60 -70 kg could sit on it and be supported in the water. And as you noted the blossoms are also huge and so so lovely, although they only only last 2-3 days. Lucky and beautiful capture, Ray. Thanks for showing us!
Ray: Hi Kathryn. I have seen lilly pads of 1 metre or so diameter, but not 3 metres, and probably capable of supporting a cat.
The blooms are beautiful.
Thank you for your comment.
Oh, I had no idea they were so big! Thank you for the commentary, it has really added to my enjoyment of this photograph. It is just perfect! (:o)
Ray: Thank you, Rosalyn. So glad you read the words.
  • Ellie
  • online but without any pictures
  • 23 Oct 2007, 23:07
Oh my, what a truly beautiful picture. The range of colours from white through to deep maroon is astonishing. Yep, this is added to my list of things to see.
Ray: Hi Ellie. Wonderful to have you back online.
Thanks for your kind comment. I think you will not be disappointed when you do get to see one of these beauties.
I saw blooming lotus's in Borneo, v beautiful, but not as big. I like the old ones too where the fruit has dried up and leave holes where the seeds were, I may post one up one day.
Ray: They are wonderful things, Nigel.
Here [ http://www.mainlythai.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Lotus/ ] is a picture I posted about a year ago, showing bud and seedpod together.
I would like to see yours.

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