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Dutchman’s Pipe

Common Name – Orchid cactus, Jungle cactus, Night blooming cereus, Dutchman’s Pipe .  Some even refer to it as the Queen of the Night.  Popularly known in India as the Brahma Kamal, or the Flower of Brahma.

The flower blooms once a year at night.  For some the period may be longer.  The blooming of the flower is said to be very dramatic.  And the bud moves and sways as opens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is said to emit a lovely fragrance as it opens.  The flower is not a lotus ( as the Indian name indicates) but is a true cacti.  The flower is considered sacred, and people who see the flower are supposedly ‘lucky’.

Since it is nocturnal, pollinators for the flowers are bats and moths.

This flower was in bloom at Ravuri’s apartment in Hyderabad.  Pictures also taken by him.

Botanical name Epiphyllum oxypetalum    Family: Cactaceae (cactus family)

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2 responses »

  1. very dramatic indeed!

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