The night-blooming cereus is a type of epiphytic cactui that grows in trees, and as the name states, they only open at night.

The cactus itself is long and skinny, with beard-like roots hanging downwards to absorb moisture from the air, or to eventually penetrate into the earth. The flowers themselves, as seen above, are massive and extravagant looking, with a strong, fragrant scent. They tend to cluster on large trees, giving an appearance of a coral reef or something similar.

In the morning, they close up, droop, and eventually fall off.

Local residents have made a sport of cycling from tree-to-tree around the City trying to find the elusive blooms as they open, but a support group on Facebook has made it a bit easier with a crowd-sourced map of all of the known locations.

Click HERE to use the map or HERE to join the Facebook group.

Editor’s Note: Many of these locations are on private property. Please admire the blooms from the sidewalk or public right-of-way, without invading anyone’s private space. 

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of

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