Never seen before flower blooms at Missouri Botanical Garden

Missouri

ST. LOUIS – An extremely rare tree is flowering inside a greenhouse at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

“It is the first time that the flower of this plant has ever been observed by plant scientists or horticulturists, and possibly by anyone at all,” the Missouri Botanical Garden said.

There are only about 24 Karomia gigas trees in existence in its native Tanzania.

Missouri Botanical Garden senior horticulturist Justin Lee saw the flower on May 3 when he was tending to a group of saplings.

The flower is about one-inch-long and is purple and white. The tree is related to mint.

“It’s a bit odd for a mint flower. It looks flipped inside out,” Lee said.

The Missouri Botanical Garden expects more Karommia gigas flowers to bloom in the coming weeks.

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