The Beauty Of Rains
Rains – the symbol of love. The rainy season is considered to be the most romantic season. The rains not only instill a feeling of happiness but also bring about the best in us. They bring out the living from the dead. And definitely, there is nothing more mesmerizing than the smell of the first rain on dry soil.
You bring about the joy
That a flower in a desert brings,
Your tender caressing of my hair
Reminds me of careless beginnings.
Come, fill me with the ecstasy
Of love and endless revery,
You proclaimer of glad tidings
Come, wash away my misery.
But we all know that the rain does create all this magic. There is something that not all of us know about this magician. Find out here…!
The Unique Gift Of Nature
The skeleton flower is not just like any other flower. You can easily pass by such a flower without even noticing it, literally! Because, when the raindrops drench the soft, white petals of this flower, they turn transparent!
The flower is found mainly in three regions – the mountains of Japan and China and the Appalachian Mountains in the US. These three places witness three different species – Diphylleia cymosa in the Appalachians, Diphylleia Sinensis in Japan and Diphylleia grayi in China. This flower requires a moist and cold climate to grow.
The skeleton flower is white in color and blooms in late spring. Its leaves are large and shaped like an umbrella. One can quickly point out this perennial plant that produces small groups of cottony-white flowers at the top. They are around 0.4 meters high and up to 1 meter wide. On coming in contact with rainwater, the flowers turn crystal-clear, thereby earning the title – ‘Skeleton Flower’. What is more interesting is that, on drying, the flowers turn white again. (Why not name it the chameleon flower?) After pollination, the flowers turn into blueberries.
How Does This Chameleon Characteristic Come About?
The action of pigments does not guide this hide-and-seek act. The petals of the flower have a loose cell structure. Water droplets stick to the veiny structure, causing increased light reflection. Thus, the flower appears transparent.
Indeed, it is amazing how Mother Nature plays these magical tricks!