“Skeleton Flowers” Turn Transparent In The Rain

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Who goes out to watch flowers in the rain? Maybe we should, considering how the “skeleton flower” turns transparent in the rain. The boring, scientific name for it is diphylleia grayi. When dry, it looks like any other field flower (cue angry botanists), white and easy to miss. However, rains turn it transparent, showing a tiny petal skeleton. It doesn’t damage the flower at all, as it goes back to white when dry.

Diphylleia grayi grows in parts of Asia and North America. The name “skeleton flower” seems a little severe for such a benign looking plant, but we won’t start a campaign to rename it.

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