Moonflower: timelapse of rare Amazonian cactus blooming for one night only – video

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A rare Amazonian cactus called the moonflower has bloomed for what botanists believe is the first time in the UK. Experts at the University of Cambridge’s Botanic Garden kept a night watch throughout the week so they did not miss the flowering of Selenicereus wittii – an event that usually begins at sunset and is over by sunrise.
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The moonflower actually bloomed earlier on Saturday afternoon at about 3pm, and the garden said it was 28cm (11in) long. The flower produces a sweet-smelling scent that turns ‘rancid’ after just two hours, as the plant begins to die.
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