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Night Blooming Cereus - July 15, 2011


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This may take a while to download.  Be patient.  I thought I had missed the opportunity to film the opening of my Night Blooming Cereus when I went on vacation in May.  It had a couple of buds ready to open.  Much to my surprise, it decided to bloom a second time.  This time, there were 10 buds.  I think the species I have is Epiphyllum oxypetalum, a native of Sri Lanka.  It blooms only one night and then closes and droops and eventually falls off the plant if not fertilized.  

I started filming at 9:10 pm on July 13th and finished at 10:29 pm.  The film is speeded up by 2000% and even then it takes over 4 minutes running time.  The movement of the plant, in part is due to some gentle breezes that night and the variations in light are me holding a flashlight on the flower.  Even though I was pretty good with the light, when you speed up the frames, it looks pretty jerky. 

The aroma of the blooms is intoxicating.  It is one of the most beautiful cactus blooms I’ve ever seen.  These blooms were about the size of a saucer when fully open. 

It was a good thing I sprayed with mosquito repellent.

You can speed it up by using the slide bar underneath the video. 

The music is by Joanna Borowska of her recording of "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" (Memories of the Alhambra).

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