Kadapul Flower

Hey everyone! Welcome to floral weekends. This is a segment started by me where I write about some beautiful and strange flowers from all around the world.

Kadapul flower or Queen of the Night is predominantly found in Sri Lanka. Its the world’s most expensive flower. 

The miracle begins to unfold around 10.30pm. The night air fills with a soft indefinable scent, and the five leaved calyx, white with a hint of purplish green in its veins, opens out gradually so gradually that you don’t see it happening and then a thin, three-inch petal of scintillating white peeps out, unfolding its beauty in the still night air. Another and another follow suit and by midnight all the petals have opened out and the stamens hold out their sacs of pollen. For a few moments this rare blossom sways softly in the night wind, like a delicate white manel (lily) flower. The fragrance is now intense, but all too soon the petals begin to wilt and by dawn the entire flower has withered. 


You stand there, eagerly anticipating to witness the ethereal beauty of kadapul. Soon the air is filled in soft, nurturing scent, feeding your body all the love it needs. You wish to capture this empyreal beauty but you stand there motionless as you witness this one-of-a-kind beauty and  as the sun begins to rise it falls and withers away like it never existed.

Kadapul or Epiphyllum oxypetalum was originated in Sri Lanka, and there are two types of Kadapul available in the area. Epiphyllum hookeri, with noticeable thin petals and the second type is Epiphyllum oxypetalum that has broad petalsIn Sri Lanka this flower is called Kadupul Mal or Flower from the Heaven. 

Kadupul Flower is the legendary flower of the Celestial Nagas. It is believed that when these flowers bloom, the Nagas come down from their celestial abodes, to offer them to the Buddha on the Holy Mountain Sri Pada. 


Here are some facts about the flower –

  • Its a legendary flower in Sri Lanka. Said to be associated with the Nagas. The strange fragrance, the midnight miracle, and the fact that flowers bloom in the season when people flock to Sri Pada, seem to add authenticity to this belief.
  • Its not limited to Sri lanka alone. You can cultivate this flower in parts of America with warmer temperature such as Texas or California.
  • In India this flower is called Brahma Kamalam, named after the Hindu god of creation, Lord Brahma. It is also believed that the wishes of People who pray to God while the flower is blooming will be fulfilled.
  • The flower has a rich history in Japan, where it is known as the Gekka Bijin or “Beauty under the Moon”.
  • Flower start blooming between 10pm to 11pm and continue to bloom for about two hours. Soon after its full bloom the flower starts to fade and completely wilt before the dawn. 
  • This flower cannot be purchased. It doesn’t have a price tag yet it is the world’s most expensive flower. It starts to wither away as soon as you pluck it. You can only enjoy its full beauty by being right in front of it, before it begins its journey back to its creator.


Well thats all for this week’s Floral Weekends. Hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did while writing it. Truly a masterstroke by nature!

Have a Nice day. 🙂


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