Midnight Bloomer
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The Epiphyllum (Cactaceae) is called by many names. This one is an epiphyllum hookeri. It is named after the botanist, Sir William Hooker, who first recorded it. The species name phyllanthus comes from the Greek "flowered leaf" referring to the fact that the flower originates from the middle of a leaf shaped stem. It is also often called a night blooming cactus, or a night blooming orchid. It is a rare occasion to see it in bloom because it blooms only at night and the blooms last for just a few hours. The epiphyllum hookeri is known as a desert plant but can be grown anywhere in the United States as long as it is not exposed to frost. It is often grown as an indoor plant in colder climates.

By Sandy Thomas

 

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