C. Plinius Caecilius
Verum altera lotos in Volcanali quod Romulus constituit ex Victoria de decumis, aequaeva urbi intellegitur, ut auctor est Masurius. Radices eius in forum usque Caesaris per stationes municipiorum penetrant.
But there is another lotus tree in the precincts of Vulcan founded by Romulus from a tithe of his spoils of victory, which on the authority of Masurius is understood to be of the same age as the city. Its roots spread right across the Municipal Offices as far as the Forum of Caesar.
Reprinted by permission of the publishers and the Trustees of the Loeb Classical Library from C. Plinius Caecilius: Natural History (Volume IV. Books 12-16), Loeb Classical Library Vol. 370, translated by H. Rackham, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, © 1945, by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. The Loeb Classical Library ® is a registered trademark of the President and Fellows of Harvard College.