Skeleton Flower Turns Translucent When It Rains

Written By Chris Gonzalez

The Diphylleia grayi is a beautiful flower with pearly white petals that turn crystal clear when it rains. Upon contact with water, the flower’s veins and nerves are exposed. These thin white lines bear an uncanny resemblance to bones, which is why the Diphylleia grayi is also known as the “skeleton flower.”

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The skeleton flower generally grows on moist, wooded mountainsides in colder regions of Japan, China, and the Appalachian Mountains in the United States. While the plant is perennial—and can grow to a height of 15.7 inches (40 cm)—the flowers come out in late spring, revealing their large, green leaves that are shaped like small umbrellas, topped with small clusters of gentle, white petals.

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During light rain showers, the flowers slowly lose their white pigmentation and turn completely translucent. When once again dry, the blooms magically return to their original state.

Europeans had no clue about where birds went during winter for thousands of years. Until 1822, when a German hunter shot a stork and discovered an 80cm long African spear protruding from its neck. This provided the first evidence of bird migration to Africa.

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