When it rains, water gets accumulated within the cells of the petals and ends up turning it crystal clear, much like water itself.
There are several flowers and plants in nature that aren't just pretty to look at. They exhibit a wide range of unique characteristics when exposed to various stimuli. Everyone has heard of or seen (or actually touched) the famous 'Touch Me Not' plant for instance. Now say hello to the 'Skeleton Flower', a unique blossom that makes its petals turn crystal clear when they make contact with water.
This is a white woodland flower species and it's absolutely gorgeous, as you can easily see from some of the pictures.
Yes, this is a real plant. It’s Diphylleia grayi (aka skeleton flower), whose petals become translucent when it rains. Weird and wonderful, right? pic.twitter.com/9lEESEzSTr— ᴸ ᴱ ᵀ ᴴ ᴱ (@broken_stems) March 27, 2020
The scientific name of this transparent flower is Diphylleia grayi, and it's so rare that it can only be found in three specific parts of the world - China, Japan, and the Appalachian Mountains in the USA. The Diphelleia grayi has large leaves with bright green and yellow centers, which make the shape of an umbrella.
It is said to grow on moist, wooded mountainsides in the colder regions of Japan, China, and surprisingly enough, the Appalachian Mountains in the United States. If you do happen to travel to these places, you won't have much trouble in recognizing it as the rare flowers' large, umbrella-like leaves make it an easy find in the wild.
According to Sora News 24, the fading of the color in the petals when exposed to water arises due to a loose cell structure that is present within the white flowers, contrary to the notion that it is due to the pigment being washed out.
Basically, when it rains, water gets accumulated within the cells of the petals and ends up turning it crystal clear, much like water itself. However, it is unclear whether this unique trait of the flower gives it an advantage or disadvantage.
The best part about the entire transformation is that as the leaves eventually dry out, they turn back to being white! Wow, that's like pure magic.
If you wish to grow one yourself at home, do note that Skeleton flowers are sensitive to sunlight and should be grown where protection from midday sun is complete. The ideal skeleton flower growing conditions are in partial to complete shade, humus-rich soil and well-drained, but moist, soil.