Does the Mahameru pagoda flower in Tibet only bloom once every 400 years?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Mahameru Pagoda Flower Only Blooms Every 400 Years!
People are sharing photos and a video of what they call the Mahameru pagoda flowers, claiming that they only bloom once every 400 years.
Truth : Mahameru Pagoda Flower Does Not Exist!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS shared on WhatsApp and social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Mahameru Flower Does Not Exist
First, let me just point out that there are no flowers that are called Mahameru.
Fact #2 : Sharing On Social Media Won’t Bring Good Luck
There is no evidence that sharing anything on social media will bring you good luck.
Fake news creators add that bit to get people to spread their misinformation.
Fact #3 : This Is The Sikkim Rhubarb
These are not flowers, but a massive vegetable known as the Sikkim Rhubarb (Rheum nobile) that is native to the Himalayas.
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Fact #4 : This Is The Foxtail Lily
This video which claims to show the blooming of the Mahemeru pagoda flower is really a video of the foxtail lily plant (Eremurus stenophyllus)
Foxtail lilies do not bloom only once in 400 years. They actually bloom for about three weeks every year, in June or July.
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Is this the Mahameru pagoda flower that only blooms every 400 years?! 😮
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— Dr. Adrian Wong (@DrAdrianWong) March 27, 2023
Fact #5 : This Is The Saguaro Flower
These are not photos of the Mahameru pagoda flower. Rather, they are photos of flowers from a cactus called Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) – the state wildflower of Arizona.
The saguaro cactus is native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, the Mexican state or Sonora, and the Whipple Mountains and Imperial County areas of California.
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Fact #6 : Pagoda Flower Exists
The pagoda flower exists, and has the scientific name of Clerodendrum paniculatum. However, it looks nothing like the three or four different flowers that people are claiming is the Mahameru pagoda flower.
The pagoda flower (Clerodendrum paniculatum) is not native to the Himalayas, but can be found all over tropical Asia, including southern China, Taiwan, Borneo, Sumatra, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and even in Central America.
The real pagoda flower do not bloom once every 400 years, but throughout most of every year! And when it blooms, its flowers last for several weeks.
Below is a comparison I made of the real pagoda flower, with three of the most common “fake” pagoda flowers that people keep sharing on WhatsApp and social media platforms. As you can see – they look nothing alike!
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Fact #7 : No Flower Takes 400 Years To Bloom
There are plants that take years before flowering, but there is no flower that only blooms once every 400 years.
- The corpse flower (Amorphophallus Titanium) takes about 5 to 10 years of vegetative growth before it blooms.
- The sheep-eating plant (Puya chilensis) can take 15-20 years to flower.
- The Madagascar palm (Tahina spectabilis) takes about 30-50 years to flower.
- The American aloe (Agave americana) can take 10-30 years to flower, just before dying.
- The Queen of the Andes (Puya raimondii) also flowers at the end of its life, after approximately 80 years.
- The bamboo Melocanna baciffera flowers every 48 years
- The Taliport palm (Corypha umbraculifera) lives up to 60 years, and flowers just before dying.
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