BRAHMA KAMAL

Saussure obvallata is a species of flowering plant in the Asteraceae. It is native to the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, India, Mongolian, northern Burma and southwest China. It is commonly known as Brahma Kamal. It is a rare, legendary & mythological plant of India. Brahma Kamal, named after brahma, the god of creation, probably blooms only for one night in the entire year, somewhere between July and September. It is commonly known as night blooming cereus. In India it is called Brahma Kamal and is treated as a sacred plant. In the Himalayas, it is found at an altitude of around 4500m. It is the state flowers of Uttarakhand. Also recognizes as the flower of lord brahma, it is considered very lucky if we see it blooms. It is believed to bring in loads of good luck and prosperity and a home where the flowers bloom is very auspicious and lucky. It is a medicinal herb. The plant is considered an herb in Tibetan medicine. It has a bitter taste. The entire plant is used specially to cure urogenital disorders, liver infections, bone pains, cold, sexually transmitted diseases and cough. Flowers bloom in mid monsoon amongst the rocks and grasses of the hillside they have large pure white star like flowers with lovely fragrance to help their pollinators locate the blossoms by moon or star light. The flowers start blooming after sunset from 7 pm onwards and take about two hours to full bloom. About 8 inches in diameter and remain open through out night. It is a type of cactus& it does not need too much water.

 

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