Florida: Huge Night Blooming Cactus Flower

Cactus Flower 1

Cactus Flower 1

Cactus Flower 2

Cactus Flower 2

Cactus Flower 3

Cactus Flower 3

Cactus Flower 4

Cactus Flower 4

Apple-like Fruit of Cactus

Apple-like Fruit of Cactus

Inside of Cactus Fruit

Inside of Cactus Fruit

Our night blooming “Apple Cactus” flower opened around midnight one evening last week (Cereus peruvianus monstrose). Common names for the many different varieties of night blooming cacti include “Queen of the Night” and “Princess of the Night”.   I dug out our camera gear and photographed the flower for about an hour, while fighting off hordes of mosquitoes. The apple cactus is native to South America, and is named after its edible red fruit (a similar fruit available in the grocery store is the “dragon fruit”).  The delicate white petals of the cactus flower remind me of feathers. This huge 6-inch flower is a real beauty!

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

15 Responses to Florida: Huge Night Blooming Cactus Flower

  1. dian935 says:

    That’s such an interesting plant 🙂

  2. reocochran says:

    Your photos of the cactus plant are exquisite, Pam! A small suggestion I could offer is to set something next to it or put out your hand, it may help to see its “size.” I know you mentioned six inches which is a big blossom! My imagination is good so I am seeing it in all its splendor. 🙂 Thanks for also sharing the fruit. I have had cactus jelly which has seeds like raspberry jelly but was like a mild pear taste. Yummy!

    • Pam says:

      That’s a good idea for size – always good to have scale. I think I saw cactus jelly when I visited Arizona. Yummy! Raspberry jelly is my go-to favorite for PB&J. 🙂

  3. elisa ruland says:

    Pam, I felt your excitement about the night blooming cactus flower, and how you found the will to battle the mosquitos for this beautiful plant. Not easy, but so worth it!

  4. W.H. SIM says:

    wow! I thought it resembled a dragonfruit! what a nice bonus; I didn’t know other cacti produced fruit!

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