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Night Queen

Epiphyllum oxypetalum


Epiphyllum oxypetalum (Dutchman's Pipe, kardable, Night Queen or Nishagandhi or Gul-e-Bakawali) is a species of cactus and one of the most cultivated species in the genus. It is a variety of nightblooming Cereus and often confused with species of Selenicereus. Native to Central America and Northern South America, the Kadupul flower blooms rarely and only at night – mysteriously, the flower wilts before dawn. In 1909, C. A. Purpus collected a slightly different type in St. Ana, Orizaba, Mexico.


It can be found from Mexico to Venezuela, as well as Brazil. It also can be found, cultivated in parts of America with warmer temperature such as California. Epiphytic or lithophytic. 75-2.000 m alt. Widely cultivated and escaped in many places and its true origin has never been fully understood. Linked to the Legend of "BAKAWALI" in most S.E. Asian countries.

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Alawwa, Sri Lanka

Lat: 7.30, Long: 80.09

Spotted on Jul 31, 2012
Submitted on Aug 18, 2012

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