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Tohono Chul: Time Lapse: Queen of the Night Blooms

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Watch the Night Blooming Cereus flower open in 32 seconds. The night-blooming cereus (or Peniocereus greggii) begins to bud with the summer heat, eventually unveiling fragrant, white flowers that last for just one night.The plant looks like a gray stick the rest of the year, so the annual summer blooming of the Queen seems sort of miraculous.
The Queen of the Night is here in abundance as Tohono Chul is home to the nation’s largest collection. When the summer heat begins to build, the buds of the night-blooming cereus begin to appear. After a period of start-and-stop growth, the buds blossom in a mass blooming on one night between the end of May and late July. Experience the magnificent Peniocereus greggii in its full glory; stroll luminaria illuminated trails leading to each plant; marvel at their gorgeous flowers; breathe in their intense and intoxicating scent.
Timelapse footage provided by Arizona Daily Star