Rare Flower Nagapushpa Found in the Himalayas: Facts


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Picture Suggesting Rare Flower Nagapushpa Found in the Himalayas
Rare Flower Nagapushpa Found in the Himalayas

Story:

Very rare Nagapushpa found in Himalayas.

Other Versions

1. Nagapushpa. A rare flower found in the Himalayas.

2. Beautyful Naga pushpam (Snake flower) in the Himalaya.

3. (Telugu)

హిమాలయాల్లో వంద సంవత్సరాలకు ఒకసారి పుష్పించే నాగు పుష్పం

Facts Analysis:

A beautiful picture of a colorful creature shared online, especially via image sharing websites like Pinterest, comes with stories saying it is Nagapushpa (or Naga Pushpa), the Snake flower found rarely in the Himalayas. Some versions claim the rare flower grows in Himalayas only once in hundred years. No, the claims are not facts.

Picture Shows Sea Pen

The colorful picture resembling feathers, whips or worms is not the Snake flower Nagapushpa in the first place. It is in fact a Sea Pen, a type of Coral. Sea Pens are diverse and delicate underwater animals. As their name suggests, they can look like old style writing pens. They have hard, internal skeletons, and few of them can even glow in the dark. In fact, that’s how some colorful Sea Pens decorate the Ocean floor.

According to the curator of invertebrate zoology at the California Academy of Sciences, Gary Williams, most sea pens grow to between 5 centimeters to 2 meters in height. Moreover, a single sea pen like all corals can be looked at as a colony or as an individual with many mouths.

Nagapushpa Facts

Nagapushpa is the Sanskrit word for Mesua ferrea tree (Nagakesara in Telugu language). It is also called Ceylon ironwood, Indian rose chestnut or Cobra’s saffron. Mesua ferrea (Nagapushpa tree) is a slow-growing tree named after the heaviness and hardness of its timber. It is cultivated for decorative purpose because of its graceful shape, young leaves and large, fragrant white flowers.

The Nagapushpa tree (Mesua ferrea) grows in the eastern Himalayas and Western Ghats of India, up to altitudes of 1500 meters. It is also native to wet, tropical parts of Sri Lanka, Thailand, southern Nepal, Burma, Indochina, the Philippines, Malaysia and Sumatra. It grows in evergreen forests, especially in river valleys.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.


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