Rare Pagoda Flower in Himalayas, Blooms Once in 400 Years: Fact Check


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Rare and Unique Pagoda Flower in the Himalayas..Blooms only once in every 400 years.

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This not a Cabbage.. it’s rare and unique Pagoda Flower from Himalayas.

Fact Check:

Picture messages doing rounds on social media purport to show a Rare and Unique Pagoda Flower in Himalayas, which Blooms only once in 400 Years. They show a cone-shaped flower in cream color with green leaves at the bottom. The flower you see in the picture certainly appears different and unique. However, it is not Pagoda flower and it is not even a rare one growing once in 400 years.

Not Rare Pagoda Flower from Himalayas

Firstly, the story reminds us of a similar, popular story from past about Mahameru Pushpam, which as a matter of fact, is not true.

Similarly, what you see in the picture is Rheum nobile (Sikkim rhubarb or noble rhubarb), a giant herbaceous plant native to the Himalayas. The plant growing 1–2 m tall appears from northeastern Afghanistan, east through northern Pakistan and India, Nepal, Sikkim (in India), Bhutan, and Tibet to Myanmar. It occurs in the Alpine zone at 4000–4800 m altitude. Unlike what is suggested, Rheum nobile plant is seen quite often and does not grow once every 400 years. It is often called a Glasshouse plant because of its outer curtain of translucent bracts. They allow visible light to pass through, creating a greenhouse effect, while blocking ultraviolet radiation.

In July 2019, Alpine Garden Society shared some images of the Rheum nobile plant from their China tour.

About the Actual Pagoda Flower

On the other hand, there’s in fact a species of flowering plant called Pagoda Flower (Clerodendrum paniculatum) in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It has a wide native range, from India to Southeast Asia. It can grow over 6 feet and at least as wide.

Hoax or Fact:

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