Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Exotic flowers, positive vibes...Nishagandhi (queen of the night, Epiphyllum oxypetalum), the fragrance of love)


Pictures of Nishagandhi (queen of the night, Epiphyllum oxypetalum). 

This flower blooms only at night; during the daytime, it looks like what you see in the picture. At night when it blooms, it emits a wonderful fragrance, addressed poetically as the' fragrance of love'. 

I searched my collection in my hard drive recently and found this picture. This was taken about 5 years ago during one of my visits to my ancestral house. I did not know the importance of this unique flower at that time, apparently, I do not have a picture taken at night when it blooms emitting divine fragrance. If I happen to get it from my relative who might have taken its picture I will surely post it here.
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26 comments:

George said...

I've heard of this fascinating flower. I hope you are able to get a picture of one of the blossoms.

RAJIV SANKARAPILLAI said...

Thanks George :)
Will try asap. Let me search my old albums in the pre-digital era, lol !

Birgitta said...

Beautiful photo of a special flower!

RAJIV SANKARAPILLAI said...

Thanks Birgitta :)
It is a cool comment.

Joy said...

It is the first time I learned about this flower. Maybe if i Google it, I can see the open bud:)

RAJIV SANKARAPILLAI said...

Thanks Joy, cool comment !
May be yes, well, let me try to get a picture from my collection asap :)
I vaguely remember one in my old albums.

dumcho wangdi said...

That flower is strange but I liked it anyways. Nature might have designed in such a way to escape from cruel and irrational human plucking. hehe

RAJIV SANKARAPILLAI said...

Thanks Dumcho :)
Cool comment :)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

The white part is beautiful. The pink part reminds me of something scary from out of a sci-fi movie. Quite a contradiction this interesting flower.

Lexa Cain said...

This is fascinating! I wonder how the flower blooms at night instead of in the day when every other flower blooms. It's puzzling and intriguing. :)

RAJIV SANKARAPILLAI said...

Hi Sheena:)
Thank you for the cool comment.
There is nothing scary, it is just like a flower in reality in natural settings, lol:)
The fact that it blooms only at night is its peculiarity :), one of the wonders of nature !

RAJIV SANKARAPILLAI said...

One of the wonders of nature !
Thanks Lexa :)

Crystal Collier said...

I think I learned about this flower in the Denis the Menace movie years ago, or one very similar. I love that lesson, that there is a time when things may become of value. You just never know. Or how about this one: We all have our seasons to bloom, and no two may be exactly alike.

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RAJIV SANKARAPILLAI said...

Hi Crystal, thank you :)
Cool comment :)
You are absolutely right. Thanks again for your visit; please check other posts too and write such dazzling comments :)

jonathan said...

I have never seen one nor heard about it but what a beautiful metaphor. Sometimes, we take for granted things we see because they are not as pretty nor grand. When the right time comes, this magnificent creature will then flourish and fills the senses with its scent, thus the admiration.

RAJIV SANKARAPILLAI said...

Thanks for this awesome comment, buddy :)
You are absolutely right; the message I wanted to convey through this post was just the same :)
Prayers during the holy week, God bless !

Shirley Tay said...

Flowers, flowers, everywhere! Recently, flowers are blooming beautifully everywhere in S'pore. I've just posted some lovely flower shots too. Thanks for sharing!

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Welcome Shirley :)
We never tire of enjoying beautiful flowers :)
Will visit your blog asap.
Have a fabulous week ahead !

Michelle of Crowsfeet said...

Wow... my grandparents had one, before I was born (Rhodesia/Zimbabwe) My mom has spoken of the flowers so many times. She says the perfume was amazing.

Very nice blog. :) I shared a few of your posts already.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Thanks so much :)
Honored buy your visit to my blog here.
It is an exotic flower.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone every heard of making tea from these flowers?

Gipsy Dance said...

Hi George,hi everyone! here in my coutry it is called "Queen of the night",you can smell its perfume from 11 pm on...awkaward is'nt? Very common here in Brazil. :))

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Thanks Gypsy Dance :)
'Nisha' in malayalam, our mother tongue means night and 'gandhi' denotes fragrance. Exotic !

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Oh...no idea !
Do you have any info about this?
Thanks anyway :)

Anonymous said...

Where can a person purchase this beautiful plant.My grand mother had one but it died.

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Here too it is rare to find. Will try to get info about it's availability asap.
Thank you for the comment.