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    Moderator Schmoderator Fluorescent fluorite, England PlantAKiss's Avatar
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    Well finally...after 3 years the big event happened! My nightblooming cereus produced its first flower. They don't open until around 10 p.m. and the flower bud opens very quickly...takes an hour or so. And then it closes up and is dead by morning.

    I know my neighbors think I'm a fruitcake...outdoors for three hours in the dark with lights and stuff. But it was worth it...a beautiful flower strongly scented in the night air.

    Here is a composite photo of the stages...final bloom in the center.



    Now you can see the flower opening without spending 3 hours in the dark on a hot, muggy night. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    It's been one of dem days BigCarnivourKid's Avatar
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    Very pretty flower Suzanne.

    I think that after 3 years, 3 hours more of waiting isn't bad. How long did it stay open and do you know what the pollinators are for this plant?
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    i think this is the flower shown on denis the mennis. (spelling?) but very nice! congrats!!!
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    Forgot all about your cereus! I LOVE the pics. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Very pretty flower, and not to mention, nice composition too. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    What does the rest of the plant look like?

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    Parasuco...

    The plant itself is not known for its beauty...just the flower. It looks somewhat like a GIANT gangly christmas cactus. It sets up tall, thin, cane-like stems and produces "leaves" that look like huge christmas cactus segments. The flowers grow off the leaf nodes. I have another flower bud growing now. If I can, I will get a pic of the plant itself but ...its not a pretty sight! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    It was fun to finally get a flower. They usually don't flower 'til they are 2-3 yrs old. Hopefully now it will flower every year. I've heard some people say theirs have lots of flowers. Also I've heard that nightblooming cereus is not the correct name but I can't remember right now what the correct name is.

    BigCarn...I would assume since its a night-blooming flower, that it must be moths that pollinate it. But I'm not sure. That would be a good thing to find out. I'll have to do some surfing. I do know that there were a ton of moths getting in my hair while I was photographing it! UGH!!!! (They were attracted to the lighting...not ME&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    Thanks to everyone for the compliments. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    I'm hoping when I get home tonite, my paph orchid bud has opened--its alllllmost there! Can't wait to see it! Photo of that for sure!

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    Wowee Suzanne,

    That is lovely! Maybe we should start a gallery specifically for plant-related desktop wallpaper!
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    Beautiful composite. The different angles are nice... gives us a good idea of the overall flower. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    And we know you're a fruitcake... uh... I mean not a fruitcake. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]



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