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night-blooming cereus

[nahyt-bloo-ming] /ˈnaɪtˌblu mɪŋ/
noun
1.
any of various cacti of the genera Hylocereus, Peniocereus, Nyctocereus, or Selenicereus, having large, usually white flowers that open at night.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10
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night-blooming cereus

noun
1.
any of several cacti of the genera Hylocereus, Selenicereus, etc, having large fragrant flowers that open at night
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Encyclopedia Article for night-blooming cereus

(genus Selenicereus), any member of a group of about 20 species of cacti in the family Cactaceae. The plants are native to tropical and subtropical America, including the West Indies. They are widely grown in suitable climates in Central and South America and have escaped from cultivation. The genus is known for its large, usually fragrant, night-blooming white flowers, which are among the largest in the cactus family. The queen-of-the-night (S. grandiflorus) is often grown indoors. Some species clamber along the ground; others cling with aerial roots to trees and other objects.

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