This Beautiful White Flower Turns Miraculously Transparent Whenever It Rains

Diphylleia grayi is a flowering plant that is sometimes called Umbrella Leaf, but its other name, Skeleton Flower, is much more descriptive.

When it rains, the otherwise pure white flowers of diphylleia grayi turn spectacularly translucent.

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Shougo Yokota

Here you can see the flowers in various states of dampness.

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Wow Keren

When not in bloom, the plant is quite plain.

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Keeping It Green Nursery

The white skeleton flower is somewhat rare, growing in only three locations in the world: the cool, mountainside wetlands of Japan, China, and the Appalachian area of the US.

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Wild Plants Shimane

The eerie appearance of the Skeleton Flower is even more noticeable up close.

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As soon as the flowers dry out, they return to their normal white coloration.

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Watch the Skeleton Flower’s amazing transformation in the video below:


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