June 11, 2011

Iwatabako (Conandron ramondioides) flowers in Tokei-ji

The purple pentagram flowers of Iwatabako are appearing one after another from between its robust green leaves on the steep rock surface as if to genuinely welcome the expected arrival of the rainy season.

This mystic flower is very small (about 2cm in diameter) and so sensitive to moisture that it can shrivel with a loss of water in a short time.

I feel that these enigmatic flowers may be silently talking with each other about the secrets of our universe of which we are entirely unaware.

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