Amazing Nature Offbeat

By Beth Ure

This incredible timelapse shows the moment an ultra rare plant which only blooms once a year for a matter of HOURS opened its petals.

Ragini Ramchandani, 54, filmed the moment the Brahma Kamal plant bloomed before her eyes for just 10 hours from her home in Dorset, Somerset this week.

The rare plant is native to India where it will only open up once a year between June and September in the right conditions.

But dentist, Ragini, has successfully grown her own from a cutting taken from her uncle’s mother plant in Mangalore, India.

As well as being known for its medicinal properties, the spectacle of watching the Brahma Kamal bloom is also said to also bring good luck.

The cutting was originally taken by her mother 10 years ago, who kept it at her home in Manchester for several years but says it only flowered once in the first year it was planted.

After her parents decided to move house, Ragini offered to look after the precious plant to keep it safe in her own home during the move.

Ragini said: “It’s such a rare thing, and I don’t know if it’s the change in temperature that has made it bloom.

“It’s beautiful, and the scent just fills the whole house.

“It has such an intense, sweet smell.”

The flower first appeared on the plant in May but didn’t bloom until Wednesday evening [JULY 14].

Having watched the marvellous phenomenon last year, Ragini could tell the flower was about to bloom as the strands of the flower casing started to unravel slightly and open.

Ragini said: “It looks so artificial when it first appears, but it bloomed for us last year as well so I knew what it looked like when it was going to, which is why we set up the time-lapse.”

The time-lapse, which was recording from 7:30pm last night until 6am this morning, shows the plant fully bloom and then wilt as the night continues.

“I’m quite sentimental, so because it’s my uncle’s and my mum’s I really wanted to keep it alive.

“It’s got so much significance in Hinduism and Buddhism because it’s so rare.”

The plant is certainly a labour of love, maintaining a dull appearance outside the one night it blossoms.

Ragini said: “The plant on its own is quite ugly, it’s just ugly flat leaves, so when I brought it down there was some resistance from my family.

“But I have a lot of attachment to it and I know how much it means to my mum, because it reminds her childhood growing up in India.

“Because of that it has so much significance and meaning that my husband and sons knew not to push me too much!

“It’s just magnetic, so once they saw it in bloom, and smelt it, they all fell in love with it.

“I do feel like I’m a new mum when a new flower starts to grow, it’s just that nurturing feeling we all get.”