Today we will talk about a kind of flower from the book Miscellaneous Morsels from Youyang 酉阳杂俎 from the Tang dynasty 唐朝 around the 9th century.
In the book, it says in the kingdom which is more than 2000 miles in the southeastern of the Kingdom DaShi 大食国, there is a kind of weird tree growing in the valleys. There are flowers blooming on this kind of the tree. The flower looks like a human’s head but it can’t talk.
Someone saw this flower and try to talk with it, the flower looks like it starts to smile. After a few times of smiles, the flower fell.
酉阳杂俎 Miscellaneous Morsels from Youyang