THE SKELETON FLOWER
Say hello to the Skeleton Flower, a white woodland blossom whose petals turn crystal clear when they make contact with water.
As all my millions of frequent followers know, I’m a nature lover. Any chance I get to link the natural world with its flora and fauna to the Horror genre, I’m gonna take it, whether it’s the “zombie cucumber” used to create real-life walking dead men or the true history of wolfsbane in relation to vampires and werewolves. And, if by so doing, I can encourage readers to a greater appreciation of the beauty that surrounds us all, and that we all too often take for granted or overlook in our hectic lives, the better.
This current example is really cool. Diphelleia grayi is its taxonomic name, more commonly called the “skeleton flower.” It grows in only three places on earth: the high mountain peaks of China and Japan, where the climate is wetter and cooler, and the American Appalachian mountains. (Grows naturally, I should say. It probably can be found growing in pots inside the homes and greenhouses of many a macabre-minded private collector.) When its thin white blossoms get wet, they become translucent, ghost-like. Only the veins inside the petals, like the bones of a skeleton revealed by an X-ray, remain visible. When they dry, they again become a spectral white. There’s nothing supernatural about these plants. They just look like it.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
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