Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Fishbone Cactus


Selenicereus anthonyanus' blooms open at night and die the day after. If you miss the flowers, you'll have to wait one more year to see them.

22 comments:

Sharon Anck said...

Wow, I've never seen one quite like this one. It's beautiful. Is this one of your collection?

VP said...

You got it for us! Thank you for this rare wonder!

José Mendonça said...

@Sharon: Yes, it's one of my collection. The Fishbone Cactus is an Epiphytic in rainforests of southern Mexico, growing on tree trunks in the shade under their canopies. I've never seen it before and I was overwhelmed. Luckily, in Portugal I got a stem from a friend and it took seven years to bloom for the first time.

Sylvia K said...

What an amazing and beautiful plant, Jose!! Really breathtaking! Your capture is superb as always!! Hope your week is going well!!

TexWisGirl said...

looks like something you'd find underwater!

RedPat said...

Well waiting for it!

Lowell said...

You were right there at the right time, and got a fantastic shot. It could be called Starfish Cactus, too...I think. Whatever its name, it is certainly full of vivid color. Congrats on being able to grow something this exotic.

Photo Cache said...

wow, how precious. i've never seen nor heard of this one before.

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful. The short life makes it all the more wonderful to see.

William Kendall said...

Fascinating colours, Jose!

Jack said...

JM, your photo of this very unusual flower is perfect!

Randy said...

That is so amazing. Beautiful color too.

ladyfi said...

Oh, that's very pretty.

Stickup Artist said...

Spectacular in every way. I can also see quite clearly how it got the name Fishbone. No doubt, it must have been quite overwhelming to come upon this miracle in the wild. And 7 years to bloom – my goodness! I guess good things do come to those who wait!

Cezar and Léia said...

A magnificent macro, I love this delicate flower!
Querido amigo, desculpe que nao estamos ca muito a visitar, mas depois da mudanca eu voltei a estudar, e estou curtindo o lugar e a proximidade com amigos, depois de um ano ou mais de isolamento na Belgica, eh bom sair de casa e estou meio que a evitar ficar em frente do computador. :)
Tenho acompanhado as fotos pelo face.
abracos e td de bom!
Leia

Joan Elizabeth said...

So is there a bud that you see emerging so you know to keep an eye on it in the evening? I am amazed at the number of things I miss in my gardens just by not being there at the right time. How do you know for example that it has taken seven years to flower, you might just have missed it.

José Mendonça said...

@Joan, this cactus is next to the door, I see it everyday... :-)

Halcyon said...

Beautiful! Glad you caught it on "film". ;)

Kathy said...

Beautiful. It almost looks as though it might be a plant from under the sea. Maybe that's how it got its name.

Rhodesia said...

That is amazing and quite beautiful. Diane

Karl Demetz said...

Fascinating image, Jose!

Arija said...

Even more stunning than The Queen of the Night but, has it got the perfume?