Youtan poluo, mostly mistaken as lacewings eggs, is one of the rarest flowers in the world and has an interesting myth around its growth. This delicate flower is believed to bloom once in 3000 years and is said to mark the arrival of a royal king. According to Buddhistscriptures, these flowers are a symbol of immortality and reincarnation of Buddha.
The local name for this rare flower, in China, is Udumbara. Udumbara, in Sanskrit, means an auspicious flower descending from the heaven and these mysterious flowers omit a distinct fragrance of sandalwood.
The mysterious belongings of nature never fail to surprise us and Youtan poluo is a perfect example of this. We do not know if this flower is really an indication of Buddha’s reincarnation but it definitely remains special for its rare qualities.