India though to East Asia and down to Australia
Aquatic plant with roots that are embedded in the soil and leaves and flowers that float on the surface of the water
The Red Lotus Sea pictured above is the size of 350 city blocks and it is full of these incredible flowers that close and sink beneath the surface of the water every night, only to reemerge and open again the following morning. Lotus is the national flower of India and Vietnam, and has long been symbolic of change and renewal in several Asian cultures.
Lotus root is a tuber vegetable, and like potatoes they have a crunchy texture and lots of starch. Lotus root is popular in Chinese and Japanese cuisine where it can be fried, boiled, pickled, stuffed, or preserved. From the outside the roots look like elongated potatoes, but when sliced you see an interesting pattern of holes. The plant uses these holes to filter and transport water.