Nelumbo nucifera of the family Nelumbonaceae, also known as the lotus lily or the blue lotus, grows profusely in the trenches of Georgetown. They are beautiful plants, with roots embedded in the soft bed of the water body and leaves growing much above the surface of the water. The plants grow more than a metre tall and the flowers are around 20cm in diameter. The leaves are large and often more than 45cm in diameter.
The petals, leaves and rhizomes of the lotus lily are edible. The Guyanese Hindus can be seen harvesting the leaves before festival days where they can be used in lieu of serving dishes for food.
Although visible, the deteriorating condition of the environment in the trenches; how far has this led to the stunting of growth of the lotus lily is something I wish to document in the future.