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Nymphaea lotus, the tiger lotus, white lotus or Egyptian white water-lily, is a flowering plant of the family Nymphaeaceae. It grows in various parts of East Africa and Southeast Asia.

Nymphaea lotus f. thermalis is a variety endemic to the thermal water of the Peţa River in the Bihor County, Transylvania, Romania, in Europe. It is found in ponds, and prefers clear, warm, still and slightly acidic waters. It can be found in association with other aquatic plant species such as Utricularia stellaris.

Nymphaea lotus is often used as a freshwater aquarium plant. Sometimes it is grown for its flowers, while other aquarists prefer to trim the lily pads, and just have the underwater foliage.The tiger-like variegations appear under intense illumination.

In ancient times the Egyptian lotus was worshipped, especially in Egypt. It was considered a symbol of creation there. In Ancient Greece, it was a symbol of innocenceand modesty. The Egyptian lotus is the national flower of Egypt. It is depicted on many of the seals of the different Provinces in Thailand. It is also an element of the Coptic flag.

In some part of Africa the rhizomes and tubers are eaten for the starch they contain either boiled, roasted or ground to a flour after drying. The young fruits are sometimes consumed as a salad. The seeds are turned into a meal.The tubers or the seeds are used as a famine food in India.

This flower often appears in ancient Egyptian decorations. They believed that the lotus flower gave them strength and power; remains of the flower have been found in the burial tomb of Ramesses II. Egyptian tomb paintings from around 1500 BC provide some of the earliest physical evidence of ornamental horticulture and landscape design; they depict lotus ponds surrounded by symmetrical rows of acacias and palms.

In Egyptian mythology Horus was occasionally shown in art as a naked boy with a finger in his mouth sitting on a lotus with his mother. The lotus was one of the two earliest Egyptian capitals motifs, the topmost members of a column.

The flowers of white lotus are used for preparing tea that creates a warm, euphoric glow.The dried flowers are smoked by themselves or mixed with other herbs to add flavor to smoking mixtures.The effects of tiger lotus are enhanced when soaked in wine or other alcohol.

The plant is effectively used to increase memory and create a feeling of euphoria and ecstasy, without the use of narcotics.Its rhizomes are cooling, sweet, bitter and tonic and used in diarrhea, dysentery, dyspepsia and general debility.

White lotus is used internally in treatment of gastrointestinal disorders and jaundice.The leaves are used in cutaneous, subcutaneous parasitic infection, eye treatments and pregnancy.The seeds are used in sauces, condiments, spices and flavorings.

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