Cereus, Midnight Queens

Commonly known as Queen of Night, they bloom at night and have a sweet and strong fragrance.
We were lucky to see 8 “Night Queens” blooms together in a single plant a couple of nights back. These two were pretty, close and fighting for their own space and my attention. The Night Queens start blooming in the evenings and by dawn they droop off, lasting for less than 12 hours.Locally they are known as “Nishagandhi”.

Most of the pollen strands are clear. With so many pollen strands it looked like a bed of pollen grains. Photography at mid night has never been so ‘fragrantful’ experience before.

Today’s Flowers
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28 Responses

  1. Judy says:

    What a beautiful blossom!!! I have never seen one!!

  2. They are beautiful, love 'em Indrani.

  3. Sylvia K says:

    What exquisite flowers, Indrani, and your pics capture all the beauty!! Wish I could smell their fragrance! Enjoy your weekend!

  4. Cloudia says:

    They bloom on the stone walls of Barack Obama's boyhood school a mile from here! Lovely

    Namaste – aloha

  5. TexWisGirl says:

    oh, they are beautiful!

  6. Aditi says:

    I love these…specially their sweet fragrance..How I wish to place them in a bowl in my room corner!! Beautiful captures 🙂

  7. Carver says:

    That's a very beautiful flower.

  8. lotusleaf says:

    Beautiful shots! You must have enjoyed your fragrant experience:)

  9. Arija says:

    Did you stay up all night not to miss that glorious perfume? Beautiful shots Indrani.

  10. magiceye says:

    Brilliant blooms!

  11. Jeevan says:

    Truly amazing species! Beautiful capture on the queens…glad they bloomed in your home.

    Cheers 🙂

  12. Wow, ganz fantastisch liebe Freundin…

    Grüsse aus der Schweiz


  13. George says:

    These are beautiful photos of the 'Night Queen'.

  14. Wow, lucky you to have 8 of them bloomed together on the same night.. Beautiful shots..

  15. Shwets says:

    Beautiful flower and beautiful shots:)

  16. DeniseinVA says:

    How wonderful to see a flower that blooms at night. Thank you Indrani, for I have never seen this plant before and I appreciate you sharing it very much! Wishing you a great week.
    Today’s Flowers
    An English Girl Rambles

  17. Namrota says:

    Its like I can actually smell it right now.

  18. What a blossom! Like it

  19. These are beautiful Indrani. i am not sure these are braham Kamal though. We saw them growing on the slopes near HemKunth Sahib a couple of years back when we visited. Mule men collected them from difficult to reach places and sold them to pilgrims. These were then transported to Badrinath for the worship there.This story has stayed with me especially now that we have seen the devastating events of last month.

  20. Nice Capture Indrani….And there is another flower that blooms at night same as this one but smaller in size and they also smells good…I don't know what we call them in english but in Assamese it is called as 'Sewali'

  21. thanks for sharing, I have never seen this flower

  22. wow…they have a horror feel to them ^_^

  23. Wow beautiful flower.Lovely pics..:-)

  24. Asha Ram says:

    Aren't they gorgeous!

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