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Queen Of The Night   6 comments

Night Blooming Cereus 020-1-72Night Blooming Cereus — Images by Phil Bentley

One of the strangest plants of the desert, the night-blooming cereus, is a member Night Blooming Cereus 030-2-72

of the cactus family that resembles nothing more than a dead bush most of the year.Night Blooming Cereus 031-3-72

 It is rarely seen in the wild because of its inconspicuousness. But for one midsummer’s night each year,Night Blooming Cereus 019-4-72

 its exquisitely scented flower opens as night falls, then closes forever with the first rays of the morning sun.
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Night-blooming Cereus Fruit   Leave a comment

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Night-blooming cereus-2-72Night-blooming Cereus Fruit (Sabino Canyon Recreational Area) — Images by kenne

“This unusual cactus has an aura of mystery about it, as it is rarely seen in the wild. Looking like dead creosote branches, it is not until it blooms that the Desert Night-blooming Cereus becomes obvious. Most of its mass is in a tuber below the ground. Twiggy finger-thick stems can grow up to 5’ long. Flowering happens at night, usually occur in June, and blooms are large, white, and fragrant. Golf ball size bright red fruit follow. This species occurs naturally in Arizona to Chihuahua, Zacatecas, and Sonora.”

— Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum 

    FLOWER of the moon!
Still white is her brow whom we worshiped on earth long ago;
Yea, purer than pearls in deep seas, and more virgin than snow.
The dull years veil their eyes from her shining, and vanish afraid,
Nor profane her with age—the immortal, nor dim her with shade.        

It is we are unworthy, we worldlings, to dwell in her ways;
We have broken her altars and silenced her voices of praise.
She hath hearkened to singing more silvern, seen raptures more bright;
To some planet more pure she hath fled on the wings of the night,—
    Flower of the moon!  

— from The Night-Blooming Cereus by Harriet Monroe


I Remember the Night-blooming Cereus. . .   Leave a comment

Night-Blooming Cereus art blogNight-blooming Cereus Cactus — Computer Art by kenne

I remember the Night-blooming
Cereus by Dr. Thornton, Engraver, Blake’s
patron, it
hangs in the hall outside the bedroom
swaying hungrily like these
giant white goddesses of the dark grotto…

— from The Midnite Show by Jonathan Williams

You Come To Me At Night   2 comments

Night-Blooming Cereus blog“You Come To Me At Night” (Night-blooming Cereus photo by Jeffery Banfield) — Computer Art by kenne

a lady of the evening

you come to me

 in a mid-summer night’s



in your disguise

 a lonely phallic

only to open

giving off an



and natural scent

with an O’Keeffe

aura of sexuality

desiring my seed —

nothing more.

. . . keep dreaming.

— kenne

Posted April 28, 2015 by kenneturner in Art, Sabino Canyon

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Capturing The Moment — Night-Blooming Cereus In Sabino Canyon   2 comments

Night-blooming Cereus DSC_4758 blogNight-blooming Cereus (ceroid cacti) — Image by Jeffery Banfield

night-blooming cereus fruit (1 of 1)-2 blogNight-blooming Cereus Fruit — Image by kenne

The Night-Blooming Cereus

And so for nights
we waited, hoping to see
the heavy bud
break into flower.

On its neck-like tube
hooking down from the edge
of the leaf-branch
nearly to the floor,

the bud packed
tight with its miracle swayed
stiffly on breaths
of air, moved

as though impelled
by stirrings within itself.
It repelled as much
as it fascinated me

sometimes – snake,
eyeless bird head,
beak that would gape
with grotesque life-squawk.

— from “Night-Blooming Cereus” by Robert Hayden

Listen to “Night-Blooming Cereus” by Robert Hayden

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