Illinois Cactus


A cactus blooms in Decatur, and the newspaper is there to grab some photos. Six photos in fact, some of the bud, some of the bloom.

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Jim and Judy Oettel watch one of two blooms on their night-blooming cereus slowly fade away. The plant hasn’t bloomed for five years, and the Decatur couple awoke Wednesday to see a flower that only lives for 12 hours. (Herald & Review/Kelly J. Huff)

This particular night-blooming cereus is an Epiphyllum. Interesting that there are Cereuses that are night-bloomers and are called night-blooming cereus, and then there are Epi’s that are day bloomers, and not cereuses, but are also called night-blooming cereus. In fact, I think all cactus with large white flowers are called night-blooming cereus. I do not know why. Maybe the Decatur Herald knows.


    
    
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