Thursday, 9 July 2015

Brahma Kamal Queen of the Night

Brahma Kamal ब्रह्म कमल 

A unique flower of the orchid cactus family which blooms at night.
Peculiarities of this flower shot in our garden in Secunderabad, India during July-- the monsoon month are as follows:
  • Plant has long leaves, 12 to 24 inches long and about two inches wide with few longitudinal projections. Best planted in area getting filtered sunlight.

  • Buds sprout from the edge of the leaves.

Tall slender leaves can be cut and planted in water to take root and then shifted to a pot.
  • Buds take 7 days or so to grow and bloom.
  • Blooming takes place in dark hours at night.
  • The bloom lasts only one night.
  • The lotus like petals open up fully around midnight and then fold up around sunrise. The flowers appear like a cross between multiple layers of petals as in a rose and conical shaped buds and flower as in a lotus.

  • After blooming, the retracted buds hang lifelessly and wither away.

  • Maximum number of blooms occur around full moon पूरणमाशी 
  • Pollination is done by bats and moths which are attracted by the aroma of the flower.
Enjoy the beauty of Brahma Kamal from close range.
It is a native of Himalayas as well as Sri Lanka where it is called 'kaduphul'. It also grows in other parts of India. It is considered auspicious for the house where it grows.
Part of above research is by observation in our garden and the rest came from Indian Botanists site. Its botanical name is Epiphyllum oxypetallum.

Parting shot of a Brahma Kamal.

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    Harsh-the-Ghumakkad/ 9th July 2015