The Death Rose (Rosa calvaria) is a rare and mysterious plant species. Beautiful when blooming, the buds form skull like faces when wilting.
Biologists still don’t understand how the Death Rose forms these shocking designs as they are impossible to grow in lab experiments.
this is so fucking metal
like seriously as it dies it turns into a fucking skull
plants don’t get more metal than that
Number 1 sign that this is B.S. is the line, “Biologists still don’t understand how the Death Rose forms these shocking designs as they are impossible to grow in lab experiments.”
What does that mean? If you take one of these flowers and plant it in a lab, it won’t do this? How does it know if it’s in a lab or not? Does it get shy in the presence of graph paper and eye wash stations? If this actually was a thing that happened often enough for the species to be named after them (rosa calvaria would be “skull rose”), it would be observable and repeatable, and if it were observable and repeatable, we’d be able to understand the mechanism of it. It’s a flower, not a dimensional aperture.
Rather than going for how to interject enigma, a smarter hoaxer would have said that biologists don’t understand why. We can understand why a plant might be selected to look like an insect or birdor another, unrelated plant, or why they would smell like rotting meat or blood, but the question of what evolutionary forces would have conspired to make a rose present a tiny image of a hominid skull and to what end this display serves would have been tantalizing.
If you take a careful look at the image and try to imagine it in three dimensions, it will become pretty apparent that the wilting bud would pretty much only look like a skull if you looked at it in exactly the right way. There’s no structure there making the skull. It’s an ordinary rose, caught up in the ravages of time and gravity. The image we see is the human brain finding a pattern in chaos, as it always will.
It’s a cool picture. It’s a cool idea. It’s a cool name. But utter fiction.