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5 July 2009 Coleen Perilloux Landry

Graine a' Voler - American Lotus

Bayou des Allemands, Louisiana

Known in Louisiana as the "Graine a' Voler" or "seeds that fly" the American lotus blooms prolifically in the waterways during the hot months of June, July and August. The native American Indians used it for medicinal purposes, and as food and oil.
Considered invasive to boaters the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has been spraying the water fields with herbicides to eradicate these beautiful plants.
Local people can be seen in the water fields early in the morning harvesting the pods for the seeds which they eat as a delicacy. It is almost like the story of "the three little pigs" on the bayous to see who can get to the water fields first to pick the pods.
This flower in full bloom will soon lose its petals leaving the center pod to hold the seeds. The blue-green lily pads are quite large and hold water for birds and insects. The flower itself is the size of a large dinner plate.

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Frank Wilson18-Jul-2009 23:10
joanteno13-Jul-2009 00:32
Very interesting. Nice shot.
Frank Wilson11-Jul-2009 01:08
Kool image!
Ed Preston08-Jul-2009 15:43
We call them Water Lilly's up here and grow in still waters. Always try to get a picture of them when we can. Nicely seen Coleen!
Guest 07-Jul-2009 21:40
Beautiful Coleen...I didn't know about the seeds. I will have to check that out! V
Cindi Smith06-Jul-2009 22:27
We have them here too...especially in East Texas. They do grow rampant but are so beautiful. Only a few lakes have cleared them out and only from specific areas! Beautiful image!
laine06-Jul-2009 22:26
Poisoning the water..isn't that a bit of a drastic method. Hope those collecting the seeds for food are aware of this practice !!!!
virginiacoastline06-Jul-2009 17:13
we have imported bright pink versions of these here
A J Adams06-Jul-2009 14:45
Well done Coleen.