Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Brahma Kamal blooms in Bangalore

 "Epiphyllum oxypetalum "or "Night blooming Cereus".
The flower blooms once in a year which makes it auspicious. It is mistaken as 'Brahma Kamal' (Saussurea obvallata ) which blooms in upper reaches of Himalayas.

   When my friend called me at 10PM about a week back to witness the flowering of "Brahma Kamal", in his kitchen garden, it was an opportunity not to be missed though I was already in the bed. It was realy a sight to behold and also the fragrance. There were nearly 15 flowers. I clicked with my Sony cyber shot. Later I came to know that watching it brings wealth.This once a year blooming flower has also very short life spam of only 4 hours and that too at night, a pity indeed.

    I also wanted to post  the picture of the the flower when it is in withering stage as above. It is this time that  I noticed one very important thing. The flower comes out of the LEAF of the plant and not from stem like other flowers. I think this is unique.Also my friend showed how he is growing a fresh one in a pot by placing the leaf of the plant and not the stem like other flower plants. One continues to learn.
 I have put the original "Brahma Kamal" photo also below

Original 'Brahma Kamal' or "Saussurea obvallata " as shown above is the much revered flower of the Himalayas and is an excellent example of plant life at the upper limit of high mountains.It is the State flower of Uttarakhand.
   The following snaps were taken on 6th July 2012 when the first bud came out and bloomed on that night.


Spicy Sweet said...

If those shots were taken with flash in the night, it would have been excellent.
It is really a rare flower!
You have that in your garden?

captainjohann said...

Spicy sweet. thanks for visiting and comments. the plant is my friends ground floor flat in suncity, near my flat.

khushwant Bansal said...

I remembered yest to see it at 11 PM and reached along with my best buddy , we were first doing pranam to braham kamal in drunk state , then devils idea came lets pluck it and we will give it to you uncle tomo morning

Jose Cortes said...

i recorded a brahma kamal blooming hope you enjoy it

Jose Cortes said... right link sorry

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This is not Braham Kamal, plant is introduced as ornamental cactus about 200 years back by Britishers. Actually known as Epiphyllum oxypetalum a native of Southern and Northern America.


This is not Braham Kamal, actually introduced plant of cactus family from Northern and Southern America 200 years back by Britishers. This is Epiphyllum oxypetalum.