This beautiful flower turns glassy from its original white color when it comes in contact with water.
The earth is home to some of the most fascinating flower species. However, not all of us are lucky enough to catch a glimpse of these magnificent florae as they are usually tucked far away from civilization, distant from the prying human hands, in a rarely explored forest.
The Diphylleia Grayi is one of them and its uniqueness has brought itself the moniker, Skeleton Flower. Why is that so? Well, the reason becomes apparent as you see some pictures. The Grayi is a white woodland blossom flower with petals that turn transparent the second it makes contact with a few droplets of water. It is one of the rarest species found in only three parts of the world: China, Japan, and the Appalachian Mountains in the USA. In short, they can be seen where the climates are colder, moist, and surrounded by mountains.
The scientific explanation behind the white petals turning glass-like when wet is because of its loose cell structure and not the washing out of its pigments. When the rains come smashing, water fills up the cells in the petals, hence turning crystal clear. However, as the rain subsides and the petals dry out, they return to their original white color. No conclusive research has been conducted to determine whether transparency is a good or a bad thing for these beautiful flowers. The Diphylleia Grayi have umbrella-like leaves that are topped with small clusters of pearly white blossoms and are prominently seen during the spring or summers.
Here's a small video of a flower in the process of its transformation from white to glassy.
Diphylleia Grayi isn't by any means the first or the last flower with a very unique characteristic. Read on further to see just how wacky, unpredictable, and original nature's creation can be.
Scientifically known as Phlalenopsis Amabilis, the moth orchid is one of the 25,000 orchid species out there. The flower gets its name for its uncanny resemblance to a moth in flight. Native to Southeast Asia, the Philippines, and northern Australia, the Moth Orchid one of the common ones out there, and it comes in just about every color you can think of.
Aka Rafflesia Keithii, the status of this flower is arguable with some scientists claiming that it isn't even a flower at all rather a fungus, a deadly one at that. It is one of the rarest flowers out there and can only be found in the rainforests of Indonesia. Why is it named Corpse Flower though? Because a few long whiffs of it can kill you.
This flower called the Psychotria Elata looks like thick lips clad in the reddest of lipsticks. If you pardon the derogatory name, it sure is a beauty to look at. The Hooker’s Lips Plant is native to the tropical regions of Columbia, Costa Rica, and Panama. However, due to heavy demand, it is now on the endangered list.
If there was a cute flower, the Anguloa Uniflora would take it without a doubt. These tulip orchids were discovered in the Colombian Andes between 1777-1788 and were officially cataloged sometime in the 1790s. When in its blooming stage, the flower resembles a baby wrapped up in white swaddling, hence the name.