I maintain an active interest in cultivating and raising cacti of several species. Due to limitations with respect to habitable areas in our home, I cannot rival many other people’s achievements, but as soon as we move to a palace, that will certainly change.

As an example, in the picture above you can see part of a flock of 100 seedlings of setiechinopsis mirabilis which have grown substantially since the above picture was taken. In the meantime, they have produced several beautiful flowers which open in the evening, last only for a single night, and – most remarkably – have a stunningly sweet odor. Since the flowers are fully open only in darkness, I have taken some imagery with the IR functionality of my camera.

Flowering setiechinopsis mirabilis

Flowering setiechinopsis mirabilis, another in the background.

Here is another image of one of the flowers opening when it was still light.

 

Opening flower in the evening

Opening flower in the evening

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