Sometimes nature can offer us great surprises. Its amazing wonders do not manifest only in the form of glittering caves, roaring waterfalls or jagged mountain peaks. Instead, they can come in small, simple packages, in the form or tiny animals or amazing flowers. One such beautiful flower has recently been dubbed the Skeleton Flower. It won its name due to the fact that water turns its white petals translucent.
Diphelleia grayi is the scientific name of the flower that has managed to become an online phenomenon. It is a rare plant that can be found only in three places of the world. The skeleton flower is known to grow only in moist, wooded mountain areas from Japan, China and the Appalachian Mountains in the United States. It has large, umbrella like leaves and pure white flowers.
What makes these flowers unique is the secret they reveal during rainy times. Their white flowers turn into blossoms as clear as glass, fitting for the moniker they won. After the rain passes and the petals dry, the return back to their pure white color. The flower became immensely popular when it was posted on Twitter. A hiker, having previously seen if during a light rain, snapped a photo and posted it online. The pictures became viral and gave the skeleton flower unprecedented popularity.
“It’s like something from a fairytale,” one user remarked on social media after seeing the flower. “That’s so pretty!” was the simpler answer of another.
Although native to the above mentioned locations, skeleton flowers can also be tended to by people with green thumbs and kept in houses or gardens. However, in order for the plant to survive, it must be kept in moist, cool areas. High temperatures and a try atmosphere will kill the flower.
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