On Facebook, many posts with images of flowers claiming those to be of Mahameru flower are being shared widely. Let’s check the authenticity of the claim.
Claim: Images of Mahameru flower that blooms once every 400 years in Himalayas.
Fact: The flowers in the posts are not ‘Mahameru’. No information was found about the existence of a flower with the name ‘Mahameru’ in the Himalayas. Hence, the claim is False.
When the image in the post is subjected to reverse image search technique, a link that had the same image was obtained in the search results. From the information, the name of that flower was found to be ‘Saguaro’. It was found that it blooms every year in the months of May-June. ‘Saguaro’ flower is the state flower of Arizona, a state in America. So, the claim made in the post is false.
When the image in the post is subjected to reverse image search technique, many search results were obtained. Information in a few of those search results hinted that the flower in the image is ‘Salvia Hot Lips’. So, when searched on Google with that name, an article by ‘The Guardian’ was obtained in the search result. The article had a similar image and the information in the article corroborated that the flower is ‘Salvia Hot Lips’. The plants are mainly found in southeastern Arizona and in the mountains of Eastern, Western, and Southern Mexico. ‘Salvia Hot Lips’ plant blooms every year from early summer to frost.
When the image in the post is cropped and subjected to reverse image search technique, a link of a website that had the same image was obtained in the search results. From the article in that link, the name of that flower was found to be ‘Protea cynaroides’. It is the national flower of the Republic of South Africa. ‘Protea cynaroides’ or ‘King Protea’ blooms all throughout the year, with a concentration in the summer months.
Also, many other pictures of different flowers are falsely being shared as ‘Mahameru Flowers’. During the search process, no information was found about the existence of ‘Mahameru Flowers’ in the Himalayas. Earlier, when a different image of a flower went viral with the claim ‘Mahameru’ flower, FACTLY has written a fact check article on it and can be seen here.
To conclude, the images of flowers in the posts are falsely shared as ‘Mahameru’ flower.
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