Sunday, July 4, 2010

Queen of the Night

I purchased a new Calathea today, which initiated a round of cleaning and organizing the greenhouse. Imagine my surprise when I moved a pot to find this spectacular flower bud, pictured above. Called "Queen of the Night" or "Orchid Cactus", the flower is from Epiphyllum oxypetalum, a large, mature succulent plant that belonged to my late father-in-law.

Within a few hours, the flower had opened. A night bloomer, the flower peaked at about 9:00 PM.

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