Hot Stuff Sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is an aquatic herb with submerged horizontal stems.
Research at the Nelumbo Pond in Adelaide by Adelaide University's Dr Roger Seymour found that the sacred lotus has an amazing self regulating thermometer. No matter what the air temperature is, the flower can maintain a very warm temperature of 35 degrees Celsius. Very similar to we humans. It is believed that the flower needs to stay warm to attract the insects needed to pollinate it.
The Lotus leaves have a self cleaning function too. When water falls on the surface of the leaf, it beads and rolls off, taking dirt with it.
Nelumbo Pond is a perfect spot for a picnic. There's a large lawned area where you can sit and enjoy the beautiful Lotus Flowers. Follow the path from the North Terrace entrance - it's a short walk in.
The Adelaide Botanic Gardens are located on North Terrace in Adelaide and are open 7 days a week - Weekdays from 7.15am and Weekends/public holidays at 9am. Closing times vary - check the website or signage within the gardens.
Entry is free. BYO picnic or stop in at one of the cafes for a coffee and something to eat. There are plenty of toilets in various spots within the gardens. Grab a map on your way in or download one from their website.
Car parking is available in Plane Tree Drive and Hackney Road. Prices vary for weekday and weekends.
Wheelchairs can be hired if required, but must be pre-booked. Call 8222 9311 if you wish to hire one.