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“Skeleton Flowers” Become Transparent When It Rains
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“Skeleton Flowers” Become Transparent When It Rains

Say hello to the Skeleton Flower, a white woodland blossom whose petals turn crystal clear when they make contact with water – check out the gorgeous flower images below!

Diphylleia grayi, the scientific name of the transparent flower, can be found in only three parts of the world. The plant grows on moist, wooded mountainsides in colder regions of Japan, China and the Appalachian Mountains in the United States, and is instantly recognizable by the rare flowers’ large, umbrella-like leaves. The fading of the color in the petals when wet happens because of a loose cell structure present in the white flowers and not due to the pigment being washed out. When it rains, water fills in the cells of the petals, thus turning it clear, same as water. It is unclear, though, whether this trait gives advantage or disadvantage to these small flowers.

When the leaves dry out, they turn back to being white.

You can also watch these miraculous flowers in action in the video at the bottom of the post.

More info: plantdelights.com (h/t: rocketnews24, mymodernmet)

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HeatherWood
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Appalachian mountains in Canada as well.

KaytieHlatky
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

in all fairness, they probably should have said in North America then :)

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EnidMitchell
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder how this is useful to the plant!

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HeatherWood
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Appalachian mountains in Canada as well.

KaytieHlatky
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

in all fairness, they probably should have said in North America then :)

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EnidMitchell
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder how this is useful to the plant!

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