Lotus leaves have the amazing ability to resist being soaked by water. When a water droplet hits the surface, it immediately beads up and is repelled from the leaf. This superhydrophobic phenomenon is known as the Lotus Effect. The waxy layer of the leaf known as the cuticle is arranged at the microscopic level to form a jagged, folded surface. The structure of the cuticle inhibits water droplets from being absorbed by the leaf, allowing the leaves to stay dry in its swampy, muddy natural habitat! Follow for more plant facts and photos!