This Rare ‘Skeleton Flower’ Turns Beautifully Transparent When It Rains

We live on an amazingly diverse planet. It just seems as if there are so many different things to enjoy, and regardless of where we look, there is something interesting to learn. It includes a rather fascinating flower species and we may never have seen it before. They are rarely ever seen because they exist in a forest that is often not explored. Fortunately, you don’t have to go on an excursion to see it, we have pictures right here.

The flower we are talking about is the “Diphylleia Grayi,” often referred to as the Skeleton Flower. It is called the skeleton flower because it becomes transparent when it comes in contact with water. The petals turn translucent so this rare flower becomes even more beautiful.

It is also one of the rarest flower species because it is only found in three parts of the world: China, Japan, and the Appalachian Mountains in the United States. It tends to grow in climates that are colder, moist, and where mountains abound.

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The reason why the white petals turn transparent when they get wet is because of the loose cell structure within the pedals. It doesn’t have to do with the pigment. Water quickly fills up in the cells within the petals, resulting in a crystal-clear appearance. As they dry out, they turn white again.

There hasn’t been any research conducted on these flowers to see if transparency is a positive or negative thing. One thing is certain, the Skeleton Flower is beautiful with its pearly white blossoms that are arranged in a cluster. You often see these flowers in those areas in the spring or summer.

This is not the only flower in the world that has a characteristic that makes it incredibly unique. Here are some other flowers that also make the list.

1. Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis amabilis)

The Moth Orchid (Phlalenopsis Amabilis) is only one of the 25,000 different orchid species that are known. It is recognized for its resemblance to a moth flying. You will find them in Southeast Asia, the Philippines, and northern Australia. There are some common ones out there but they do come in almost any color imaginable.

2. Corpse Flower

The Rafflesia Keithii is rather interesting because some scientists say that it is not a flower. They claim that it is a deadly fungus. Regardless of what you want to call it, it is one of the rarest flowers in the world because it is only found in the Indonesian rainforest. It is known as the Corpse Flower because a few deep sniffs of the flower can kill you.

3. Hooker’s Lips

Psychotria Elata may have a strange name but it really lives up to it. It looks just like a set of thick lips with red lipstick. You will find this plant in Colombia, Panama, and Costa Rica. It is in high demand, so it is on the endangered list.

4. Swaddled Babies

Anguloa Uniflora is a Tulip orchid discovered in the Colombian Andes in the late 1700s. When they are blooming, it looks as if they are a baby wrapped in white swaddling.

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