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Cereus flowers sport their rare blossoms at night

by webdev

July 26, 2010

This summer, various types of cereus flowers are blossoming at night, some of which only show their flowers for a few short hours.

According to Tampa Bay Online, the night-blooming cereus is a cactus plant that blooms at night once a year. The plant boasts hundreds of flowers, and though their bloom is rare, the sight is spectacular enough to draw a crowd.

One variety of cereus boasts hundreds of white flowers that bloom simultaneously, and are gone before the sun rises. Once open, the flowers let off an intoxicating scent, according to the news source.

Though there are many varieties of this type of flower, all of them bloom on cacti. "[Cereus is] a name that's been applied to a number of plants that bloom at night," Mitch Kessler, vice president of the Central Florida Cactus & Succulent Society, told the news source. "They have white, sometimes red flowers. Some bloom once a year, some more than once. This time of year they're flowering."

Though cacti are known for their prickly exteriors, many varieties feature vibrant, colorful flowers that make great additions to bouquets. According to, some varieties of blossoming cacti include the staghorn cholla, the beavertail, the pincushion and the Mexican golden barrel cactus.

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