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 roughly the size of 350 city blocks and it is full of these incredible flowers that emerge from the muck of the lake bed below, unscathed and ready for the sunlight. 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 as channels to transport water.