Jul 14, 2014

Once a Year These Cacti Will Flower for 24 Hours

cactus flowers once a year (1)

Photograph by Broken Inaglory

 

Did you know there are cacti that only flower once a year and that the rare occurrence can last a mere 24 hours? In fact, certain species like Selenicereus grandiflorus only flower once a year at night and wither shortly thereafter.

Two recent posts on reddit by Disguise_ready and SnugNinja captured the rare moments on camera. The two cacti are believed to be a species of night-blooming cereus and some kind of Echinopsis hybrid.

[via Disguise_ready and SnugNinja on reddit]

 

cactus flowers once a year (5)

Photograph by Disguise_ready

 

cactus flowers once a year (3)

Photograph by SnugNinja

 

Here’s the same flower the next evening

cactus flowers once a year (2)

Photograph by SnugNinja

 

 

 

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