‘Skeleton Flower’ Turns Transparent When It Rains: Fact Check


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'Skeleton Flower' Turns Transparent When It Rains

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Diphylleia grayi, the Beautiful “Skeleton Flower” that Turns Transparent when it Rains

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The White Flower That Becomes Transparent When It Rains

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An interesting message and pictures doing rounds online purport to show Diphylleia grayi, a Beautiful White “Skeleton Flower” that Turns Transparent when it Rains. Yes, it is a fact, the details of the unique species of flower are explained below.

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Skeleton Flower, Species Diphylleia grayi

The flower species Diphylleia grayi, has white petals which turn translucent with rain. The change in color is not due to any pigment. Usually, this normal looking flower is opaque white in color. But when it rains, or when the flowers come in contact with water, they turn transparent (translucent to be precise) and ‘crystal clear’. The white veins in the petals appear like bones, which is why the common name is associated to Skeleton. What’s more interesting is that they turn back to white color again after drying up. Diphylleia grayi is native to the eastern United States and eastern Asia, seen in colder regions of Japan and China.

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The skeleton flower almost resembles glass and may also appear ghost-like or even mystical to some. The uniqueness of the flowers is because of the delicate nature of the petals, i.e. loose cell structure. The Diphylleia grayi plants bear large, umbrella-shaped leaves. They are also available online to purchase. For your information, the color-changing ability of Diphylleia grayi inspired researchers to develop a transparent underwater surface.

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Ghost-like ‘skeleton flower’ turns transparent when it rains


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