Friday, July 17, 2015

Diphelleia grayi is the Skeleton Flower that turns transparent when it rains

Diphelleia grayi(scientific name), more commonly known as the Skeleton Flower, can be found in only three parts of the world. The plant grows on moist, wooded mountainsides in colder regions of Japan, China and the Appalachian Mountains in the United States, and is instantly recognizable by its large, umbrella-like leaves.

When the the leaves dry out, they turn back to being white.

Diphylleia grayi is a little-known relative of the more popular mayapple (podophyllum) and fairy wing (epimedium). Diphylleia grayi is native to moist wooded mountainsides in colder regions of China and Japan, where you'll find the large fuzzy green, umbrella-like, bold foliage topped by small clusters of white, may apple-like flowers in late spring. In late summer, the stalks of eye-catching cobalt blue fruit replace the faded flowers. Diphylleia grayi does not like hot summer temperatures, so plant it where in a cool moist woodland site.

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Scientific classification

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