Night Bloom

Richard G Witham

Joined February 2008

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Night bloom

The flower and fruit of the night-blooming cereus, Acanthocereus pentagonnus, photographed wild in Mission, TX USA
Olympus E-3, 1/50 @ f/3.5, ISO 400,

Night-blooming cereus, Acanthocereus pentagonnus, cactus grows 5 to 10’ tall in the semi tropical region of Texas Rio Grande Valley. These cacti are usually found in groups, or bunches, similar to the more common organ cactus, and heavier trunks often curve under their own weight and may spread along the ground.

The large white snowy flowers blossom at night and close for the day just after sunup. Blooms are 10cm or more in diameter, 17-25cm long with white inner tepals, white filaments shorter than the tepals, light yellow anthers and white style. The fruit are bright red, shiny and broadly elliptic to ovate. They are edible with a slightly sweet taste. This variety of Acanthocereus flower lasts several days, but a few cacti in this species flower for only one night, once a year. The A. pentagonnus is so named because of its five angled stem which when sliced horizontally resembles a five pointed star.

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