July 29, 2017
Sacred lotus flower: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu
When a lotus flower opens in the bright sun, a receptacle divinely appears in the center of the flower. This receptacle has a round gold stigma which is the pistil of this flower.
Because the countless stamens around the pistil are too short to self-pollinate, this flower invites insect pollinators for its pollination by means of its sweet aroma, nectar and color.
The pistil receives pollen and turns black. The silky flower petals flutter down by themselves after four days from opening.