Night Blooming Cereus

9:40am - 6-14-2010

night blooming-cereus

Flowers all gone now.

night blooming-cereus

Remember our 1st bloom picture, at the very top of Sunday morn? The one on the bottom right? Here it is now (circled above), all closed up for business until next year.

night blooming-cereus

night blooming-cereus

All these closed up cereus flowers will now die away. Only the cactus branch part of the plant will survive, until next years bloom.

night blooming-cereus

The cactus will resemble death in a month or so... all gray and brittle looking, as many cacti do. But underneath its skin they are alive, hidden reservoirs of water stored for the coming scorching summers.

night blooming-cereus

Monday, 6:30pm, 6-14-2010

night blooming-cereus

Note the flowers still closed up, but looking better than earlier today.

night blooming-cereus



Amazing 1 day Desert wonder!

More info from Wikipedia, Night blooming Cereus.

"BLOOM NIGHT" at Tohono Chul Park, a yearly event, 2010.

Bloom night article in 2008, via Tucsoncitizen.com, When the cactus bloomed on June 19, 2008. and some 2,000 people were there at Tohono Chul Park.

BLOOM NIGHT Tohono Chul Park 2007, a yearly event.

Shot of same plant, 6-20-2007, 1am, by John Wilder.

night blooming-cereus

Notice how deathly ill 1/2 the cactus look, all brown brittle looking? Some years it is amazing that they bloom at all, given the condition of their host. Half of the cactus branch look brittle dead. The rest are barely green, brown green really, meaning little water content in 2007. This aspect changes from year to year.

Yet this year the host branches were all beautiful, water filled, plump and green.

Amazing wonders of our oft avoided Desert!

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