LOTUSES AND THE MOON
mmdesh at umich.edu
Fri Mar 17 14:42:12 UTC 1995
I have not personally seen the night-blooming lotuses, because
the places where I was out at night in Pune just did not happen to have
them. However, I have seen the Nishigandha flowers. There is also
another flower called Raat-RaaNi which blooms at night. I have this
particular plant as a house-plant in our Ann Arbor home, and, yes, it
indeed blooms at night.
On Fri, 17 Mar 1995, Dominik Wujastyk wrote:
> Dear Allen (and all),
> Thank you so much for taking the trouble to follow up the
> Kumuda-flowering-by-night question. I too have been unable yet to find
> any *botanical* description of Nymphaea lotus, Linn. that mentions
> anything about blooming at night. There do exist Indian plants which
> bloom at night, like the nishaagandhi cactus (a neologism for
> Phyllocactus latifrons (gen. epiphyllum); in a recent newspaper article
> about this cactus, in the Hindu, the author referred to it as "moon
> lover", without any reason beyond poetic fancy). But not the kumuda?
> Come on, Ashok and Madhav: didn't you sit beside a tank of kumudas all
> night during your youth? What happened (to the flowers, I mean :-).
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