Narilata or Liyathambara flower or Narilatha
Narilata or Liyathambara flower has gained popularity due to its shape that looks like a woman. It is believed that narilata grows in Himalaya in India and bloom at an interval of 20 years. It may seem amazing information spreading all around the web, social websites or forum, but it may not be true that this plant really exists in the Himalaya region, as claimed by internet public on various social and forum websites.
Some people believe that it might be one of the rare plants and not yet approached by a botanist to identify and recognize the claims made by the internet public, but it seems impossible that scientist cannot approach this plant. Pictures of narilata available on the internet look like to be a Photoshop artwork, so it may be a humor.
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Similar Plants in China
The similar plants with human-shaped roots are available in China and known as a Chinese Fleece flower plant. However, the roots have shaped like human, not the flowers.
The same plant with same pictures is known as nareepol or woman plant in Petchaboon province in Thailand, but this city has not gotten the attention of tourists and scientists. We didn’t find any local news during our research work on this topic.
This may be a rumor spread by someone to attract the attention of internet public, but the person behind these photographs is also unknown.
Narilata Word for Other Plants
Words like Narilata such as narikel, nari, nariverai appears in the ayurvedic text, but some of them are for coconut plant and some for other plants. Narilata is not found in ancient text including ancient ayurvedic text and Vedas.
Some people suggest that the Liyathambara flower plant might be rare and unrecognized to science that needs further research and investigation.
We have investigated at Himalaya and we did not find any clue regarding this. It is just a rumor, so without evidence, we cannot support these claims.
The plant is also compared with Habenaria dichopetala, which is entirely a different variety. Some people are claiming narilatha’s relation with Habenaria dichopetala or Habenaria plant.
No doubt, its flower also looks like a woman, but not looking as shown in the image. Herbanaria flowers are white in color.
Some people said this plant has relation with herbanaria and family Orchidaceae, but there are no scientific evidence available for supporting these claims. Habenaria are orchids with tubers and there are 10 species found in Sri Lanka.
Narilata in Ancient Stories
The stories regarding narilata (about lady-shaped flowers) coming from our ancestors, which may be a myth, are supporting these claims. It is said that when yogis or sages were doing meditation, narilata flowers were shattering their attention. However, it is not true, why anything attracts attention. It is totally a figment of the imagination. This plant can attract the attention of the people as gained popularity on the internet, but it does not mean it disturbs you in meditation.
If the plant really exists in the reality, nature is full of wonders. Many things are yet being discovered and narilata may be one of them. However, without strong evidence, we will consider it as a fake information spreading on the internet.
“Without strong evidences for its authenticity, we consider it can be fake information spreading on social media and on some websites with no accurate botanical name available. We did not find its botanical name and scientific description after our research work. We didn’t find any plant alike at Himalaya during our several visits.” (Updated on October 8, 2015)
The photographs appeared on this page may be fake or may be a part of a figment of the imagination. Any plant or herb like this plant may not exist in the reality. Author or Ayur Times website team do not support this information, but we have published this article in news to tell the readers what is spreading on some social media and critically present our thoughts about this matter.