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Queen of the Night

Epiphyllum oxypetalum

Description:

This strange cactus/succulent-like house plant has started to flower. We have had this house plant for 12 years and this is the first time it has ever flowered! Would love to know what it is, we've never known it's name! I accidentally stimulated the flower to open, thanks to my flash. I want to leave the plant alone for now. Will post some additional images tomorrow!



2 species ID suggestions

queen of the night)
Epiphyllum oxypetalum Epiphyllum oxypetalum
Arya
Arya 5 years ago
Night Blooming Cereus
Selenicereus grandiflorus Selenicereus grandiflorus

18 Comments

Arya
Arya 5 years ago

Looked into it a little more and it seems that Selenicereus grandiflorus is a hybrid. So most likely your plant is the Selenicereus grandiflorus since I'm guessing the hybrid is most commonly found as a houseplant.

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 5 years ago

@AryaMansourzadeh Yes, it only bloomed for one night. It started to wilt by dawn. Do you think this is a night blooming cereus? I was confused about the slight differences between the Epiphyllum oxypetalum and the Selenicereus grandiflorus. Any information you have would be appreciated! Thank you in advance!

ulvalactuca77
ulvalactuca77 5 years ago

Well done.

Arya
Arya 5 years ago

Emily, is this the flower that blooms once a year at night for only a few hours?

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 5 years ago

Nice! Miss living in cactus country!

KarenL
KarenL 5 years ago

Wow!

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 5 years ago

Em, that's beautiful!!

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 5 years ago

Finally posted the blooming flower! Sorry for the delay!

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 5 years ago

Yes I will! I got some good ones last night! I just downloaded them to my computer. I will clean them up and post soon! :) It's a stunning bloom!

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 5 years ago

I love cactus and epis... will you add the flower when it's open to this series, please?

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 5 years ago

Oops! Right you are ulvalactuca77! Thank you so much DespinaTsafetopoulou!!!

ulvalactuca77
ulvalactuca77 5 years ago

Emily, I didn't suggest the ID. DespinaTsafetopoulou did.

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 5 years ago

ulvalactuca77, I can't thank you enough! Thank you for the quick response! You've made out night!

KarenL
KarenL 5 years ago

Awesome!

ulvalactuca77
ulvalactuca77 5 years ago

No, Emily, I was incorrect. According to the species suggestion above it is a cactus and it looks correct. Very cool spotting and great picture.

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 5 years ago

OMG, I think you nailed it! Do you know much about these plants? I'd love to know how I tell the differnce between the Epiphyllum oxypetalum and the Cereus oxypetalum!

The flower bloomed after I took several photographs with the flash however, it is also about 11:30PM here!

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 5 years ago

ulvalactuca77 Maybe it's not a cactus or succulent! Let me check out your suggestion!

ulvalactuca77
ulvalactuca77 5 years ago

Do you have more pictures of the leaves? The leaves in the image don't look like cactus or succulent to me.

Colorado, USA

Lat: 39.88, Long: -105.10

Spotted on Oct 15, 2013
Submitted on Oct 16, 2013

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