I saw this recently on ScienceAlert – Watch a Super-Elusive Moonflower Cactus Bloom in This Gorgeous, Rare Time Lapse: https://www.sciencealert.com/new-time-lapse-shows-a-rare-moonflower-cactus-blooming-in-all-its-glory. Decided it was an interesting addition to this week’s Weirdness Wednesday post. Slightly longer article, but here’s a short synopsis.
CARLY CASSELLA March 4, 2021
The Amazon moonflower (Selenicereus wittii) has one of the most elusive blooms in the plant kingdom. Each year, for just one night, this rare and unusual cactus opens its sepals to the night sky, releasing a gorgeous white flower and a sweet, jasmine-like fragrance into the swampy rainforest air.
By morning, it’s gone.
Around the world, only about 13 of these strange plants have been successfully cultivated by horticulturists, and in the United Kingdom, after five years of careful nurturing, experts at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden (CUBG) have caught the ephemeral flowering event on camera.
“It’s very rare to have this plant in our collection and we believe this is the first time the Moonflower has flowered in the UK,” says horticulturalist and glasshouse supervisor Alex Summers from CUBG.
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