Nelumbo nucifera (Lotus) from Mythreyee:
Medium: Pen & Ink sketch
In ancient Egypt, Nelumbo nucifera was unknown, being introduced only at the time of the Persian invasions, late in ancient Egyptian history. The ancient Egyptians venerated the blue water-lily, Nymphaea caerulea, which was sometimes known as the "blue lotus" or "sacred lotus".N. nucifera was native to a huge area from modern Vietnam to Afghanistan, being spread widely as an ornamental and food plant. In 1787 it was first brought into horticulture in Western Europe as a stove-house water-lily under the patronage of Sir Joseph Banks and can be seen in modern botanical garden collections where heating is provided. Today it is rare or extinct in the wild in Africa but widely naturalized in southern Asia and Australia, where it is commonly cultivated in water gardens.
You can find a photograph of the same flower on Flower Fest under Lotus here.
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Sree's search for a "N" flower led her to water lilies or Nymphaea. A very common garden water lily, it blooms during the day and shades from light lilac to rich blue. Extremely beautiful almost luminiscent blossoms which have a sweet strong scent. They are about 8-11 inches in height. This beautiful flower is also called "Neelkamal" in Hindi.
Medium : Photography
During Shilpa's nature treks and hiking adventures, Narrow-leaved Sunflowers caught her eyes. These are wildflowers native to the United States and belong to the family Asteraceae. The small plant has many stems branching out, the leaves narrow and dark green. They are often found growing wild in swamps, ditches and moist areas. Because of these reasons, they get the common names Narrow-leaved Sunflower and Swamp Sunflower. The flowers are yellow, bright and appear in fall and early summer.
Anita sends in these pictures of her Nasturtium patch. She says: they are the absolute favourite food of butterflies - leaves as well as flowers. The caterpillars eat the nasturtiums and leave all the other plants well alone!
Nasturtiums can be found on Flower Fest by their common name, Indian Watercress.
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