I will post a few photo's from last summer of Epiphyllum oxypetalum. Though it is an Epiphyte and grows in trees in it's natural habitat, I am growing it in a container. The blooms are really beautiful and according to my husband, extremely fragrant! When this bloomed last year I had sinus trouble and could not smell a thing!
I love that Oxypeatalum. I have been looking for a postive name for one of my night bloomers and it looks exactly like that. I have my very first bud on it and am watching each night in hopes of catching it in flower. I have around 400 of the day bloomers but this is my first flower for the night ones. this is the bud.
Hi Jean, your plant does indeed look like Epiphyllum oxypetalum which is a night bloomer, so do keep watch in the evening ... the stem and the bud start out hanging in a downward position as shows in your photo.
Thanks for that. I have been going down at night to check but now I will wait a while until the bud starts lifting. I just moved the plant out of my epi shadhouse and never noticed the bud. I must have come on very quickly. The plant is now outside under a tree and seems to be doing well. i am watching my other night bloomers to see if they too will put out buds. Do these usually bloom so long after the day blooming epis ? My epis all bloom around Oct / Nov here .
Jean, I don't have any day blooming Epiphyllum. My E. oxypetalum and E. hookeri are both night bloomers and they bloom during summer, June/July here in my area. The blooms only last one night, by the next morning they are wilted.
Hello again Lin. I am still watching my nightbloomer. This is a photo from this morning. The bud has turned upward, so I guess I will be running down to watch every night. It will most likely open when I have gone to bed.
I love the day bloomers as the flowers last for many days and I have ample time to photograph.
It's looking good! Since the bud is taking that northward turn, it shouldn't be too long for it to open. Check it this evening for more changes, (bud plumping up and looking a little fatter) and check before going to bed at night. It will be a shame if you miss that beauty!
The fully opened flower is usually around midnight ... by the next morning it will be all wilted and droopy.
Well she finally decided to open. Here is my lovely oxypetalum. She started to open around 8.30pm last night and was right open at 11.30pm I went to bed then and was expecting to see her faded this morning but there she was and still is fully open and gorgeous. Even with the sun on her now she is still lovely. I am so pleased at seeing one of these night bloomers at last.
The first photo is about 9pm last night.
Beautiful! How lucky that your bloom is still open in the morning! Isn't it pretty! Oh ... did you detect fragrance? My husband said mine was extremely fragrant and I couldn't smell a thing because of sinus allergies!