Monday, October 24, 2011

Members of a Noble Kingdom

 Mother Nature's marvels are everywhere...wisps of miracles...silent, mysterious, and temporary.

Youtan Poluo
It is said that a farmer in China's northeastern Liaoning province was cleaning the steel pipes in his garden when he discovered this itty-bitty flower, measuring only 1 mm in diameter.  (A good formula to compare inches to millimeters is to take the number of mm and divide it by 25.4, because 1 inch = 25.4 mm.)   It is the Youtan Poluo.
Kadapul Flower

The Kadapul Flower (native to Sri Lanka) is a night owl that begins to unfold its petals around 10:30 p.m.  When all its petals have opened, an intense fragrance fills the air for a few minutes.  Then the petals begin to wilt, and by dawn the flower has withered.  The Kadapul Flower has been described as "the midnight miracle" and has been compared to "someone who has an impressive, but very brief moment of glory, since it takes a year to bloom for one single night."  
Cape Sundew
Isn't this one interesting?  It's the Cape Sundew that grows on the Cape of South Africa.  The Sundew acts like a fly-paper trap, using her sticky fingers to trap insects, wrap them up, and move them toward her center for digestion.

"Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words.  They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning.  ~Lydia M. Child