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.
Parting shot of a Brahma Kamal.
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Harsh-the-Ghumakkad/ 9th July 2015