These Strikingly Unusual ‘Skeleton Flowers’ Turn Transparent When it Rains


One of the most curatic ways to raise one’s spirit is to explore nature. Nature is able to give a world of astonishment just when you have the thought that nothing is able to astonish you anymore, and flowers are some of the most loyal ambassadors. Flowers create a wonderful world, providing a lot of fantastic color and odour (is not always pleasant) to the surrounding.

There are numerous species of flowers, and some don’t give pleasure to sore eyes. But the uniqueness of some flowers as well as flowering plants show fantastic responses to external stimuli. Highly recognized one of this kind is the shameplant, well known as ‘touch me not’ which recoils its compound leaves inward as a defense mechanism when touched. It opens itself again minutes later.

There is the wonderful skeleton flower, a woodland blossom with white petals which shows magic when it is wet. When you pass these on your first visit, you will not notice any significance but be ready to hold your breath when you are passing them again on a rainy day. The petals turn into pellucid, as if they are showing their skeleton, it’s quite stunning!

These flowers are very much rare that they are only found in three places around the globe – Japan, China and the Appalachian Mountains in the USA. Flowers of this kind are only grown in humid and cold climates and only three species of the genus are there: Diphylleia Sinensis in Japan, Diphylleia cymosa in the Appalachians and Diphylleia grayi in China. These species are the perpetual flowering plants which make the skeleton flower.

What better enchanter than nature?

The flowering plants in the Diphylleia genus are called, “Umbrella plants” due to the formation of large, silky, green, umbrella-like leaves of them. The skeleton flowers clump on top with petals of feather-light and cotton-white, dotted with green and yellow centers.

These spring-blooming flowers turn pellucid against humidity due to the loss of their cell structure. When they are exposed to a steady supply of water for a certain period, the water droplets stick to the veiny structure of the flower, filling up the lattices and resulting light reflection. Then the flower takes the crystal clear look of the water, making it pellucid.

In contrast to most of the assumptions of people, the pigments of the petals do not wash away with the white colour which comes back as it becomes dry again. This is due to the evaporation of water droplets of the lattices.

After the flowers are being pollinated, the skeleton flowers produce a blue colored berry as the last part of transformation.

You too can grow your own skeleton plant in a flower pot or on the earth if you live in a cool climate. Since the flowers are photosensitive the most suitable growing condition is partial or complete shade. Skeleton flowers are perpetual and require low maintenance. The most significant thing which should be considered is to assure that they survive in well-drained, humid soil rich in organic matter.

The flowering plant dies in winter, and while the flower is a strong blossom which is able to survive near-freezing temperatures, it is fine adding a layer of mulch on top. And also the frequency of watering should be minimized until the beginning of next season, cut back the dead leaves and keep it ready for the new bloom. You are to add organic fertilizer as well at this point.

Source of the information: The Hearty Soul

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