Unique Tissue Cultured Plant Blooms at St Aloysius College

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Unique Tissue Cultured Plant Blooms at St Aloysius College

 Mangaluru: Tissue culture generated Epiphyllum oxypetalum plant produced by the Laboratory of Applied Biology, St Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangaluru, has started flowering. It flowers only once a year and at night from around 10 PM till early morning around five AM. In Kannada it is called ‘Queen of the Night’ or ‘Irulu Thavare’.

It is also mistakenly called Brahma Kamala as it resembles another plant Saussurea obvallata which is found in the Himalayas and also flowers only at night. Epipyllum is a Cactus and a shrub whereas Saussurea belongs to the Sunflower family and is a climber.


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  1. Great to see the interest of the college to cultivate this plant.

    Although this is the first time I am looking at the species, after a little search I realise that it is a native of Mexico. So would have come to India only in the last 100 years or so.

    So, the name in Kannada is irrelevant/meaningless. Its Mexican name should have been highlighted first. Indians love renaming all the plant species that have been imported into India in recent years. This gives wrong information to young students, who can end up thinking it is native to India.

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