Is this a picture of 'cobra flower that takes 36 years to bloom'? Here's the Fact Check

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A picture is doing rounds on social media claiming that it is of cobra flower that takes 36 years to bloom. 

We also found several posts that revered to it as Nagapushpa flower that is found in Himachal Pradesh once in 36 years. 




When NewsMobile fact-checked the post, we found the claim to be false. 

On putting the image through Reverse Image Search, we found a Pinterest link that identifies the object in the image as a SEA PEN, a type of coral. 
With then investigated the picture with keywords ‘sea pen’, we found that this picture was taken by Gordon J. Bowbrick. We found the picture on uploaded by Gordon on October 14, 2013, with the title “sea feather”. 

According to the defination by Marriam Webster, a sea feather is “a gorgonian that branches in a plumelike form; especially: Sea Pen”. 

Encyclopaedia Britannica defines Sea Pen as ” any of the 300 species of the order Pennatulacea, colonial invertebrate marine animals of the class Anthozoa (phylum Cnidaria).”


Whereas ‘Nagapushpa’ is a Sanskrit word for Mesua ferrea, an evergreen tree commenting found in Mountains of eastern Himalayas, East Bengal, Wetland of Assam.

This proves that the viral picture is of a Sea Pen and not any flower. 

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