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Nishagandhi blooms

R. Vimal Kumar

Tirupur: For C.R. Vijayakumari, a shipping company executive residing at Thirumuruganpoondi here, it was a sleepless night out of excitement as sudden fragrance of ‘Brahmakamalam' or ‘Nishagandhi' flower filled the air at her house on Monday late night and in the early hours of Tuesday.

Midnight magic

The flower, which blooms only in midnight once a year normally and shrinks much before the first sunrays creep in, offered a spectacle to those in her neighbourhood too as this year the plant had offered a bouquet of almost 25 flowers.

“The plant, given by a friend in Palakkad about three years back, usually gives one or two flowers every year,” said Ms. Vijayakumari, a general manager of Shaan's cargo private limited and also a Rotarian.

The splendour provided a feast to the eyes of people who rushed to her house as they had come to know of ‘Brahmakamalam' only through literature.

They saw the flower for the first time as the plant flowers in midnight when most of them were fast asleep.

Gift

Those who skipped sleep to witness the rare sight did not go back home empty handed as Ms. Vijayakumari gifted a flower each as a memorabilia.

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