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.
All these closed up cereus flowers will now die away. Only the cactus branch part of the plant will survive, until next years bloom.
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.
Monday, 6:30pm, 6-14-2010
Note the flowers still closed up, but looking better than earlier today.
Shot of same plant, 6-20-2007, 1am, by John Wilder.
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.