Non-flash close up of the bloom....
This epiphyte cacuts doesn´t even look like a real plant. I like it. Rio de Janeiro, mid summer.
When I was searching out information on this plant I read that blooms were rare. Therefore, I was pleased when mine produced a flower bud. Here's a picture of it; when it blooms, I'll post that picture also.
Here's that same flower bud, a week or so later. It's really beginning to show some color now.
Open but not quite fully
My Rick Rack seems to enjoy the cool days of winter. It rewards me with Spring blooms.
The flowers are big (6"- 8" across) and smell wonderful. They bloom after dusk.
Twin blooms at dusk.
Twin buds two nights before blooming
Close up of one of the blooms
Close up of one of the buds- two nights before it bloomed
Non-flash dusk photo of the blooms!
I've had this plant for years but it hasn't bloomed for me ... Yet!
New hairy buds in May on S. anthonyanus
Has never bloomed; grown in soil
This plant has bloomed 7 nights in a row with from 4 to 10 blooms per night . Open around dusk, fully open at 10:30PM. 50 + blooms!
This is the night time flower of my 15 year old Rik Rak cactus. It blooms very infrequently, but when is does it is a delight!
This is the bloom of my Rik Rak prior to opening. Notice the "rik rak" or "zig zag" of the plant itself.
The first time I got this cactus to bloom for me was by forgetting to water it from October 31 till May15 of the next year.
2 plump buds
Late afternoon/early evening, bud beginning to open
@ 10:30 p.m.
By 9:00 a.m. the next morning, blooms beginning to close.
Buds forming, April 2011
First bloom this year, opened tonight
Lots of buds yet to open
Spines are tiny and at the base of each "V".
Photo courtesy of, copyright of Jim Bishop, a San Diego, California Landscape Designer.