UK news Rare Moonflower blooms at Cambridge Botanical Gardens last minute news
PremierLeague-News.Com- The flower, which only blooms between sunset and sunrise, has been watched every night for the last week
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A rare Amazonian cactus called the Moonflower has bloomed for what botanists believe is the first time in the UK. Experts at Cambridge University’s Botanic Garden kept a night watch throughout the week so that they did not miss the flowering of Selenicereus wittii – an event which usually begins at sunset and is over by sunrise. But, the Moonflower actually bloomed earlier on Saturday afternoon at around 3pm. The plant was around 28cm long and when it blooms emits a sweet-smelling fragrance. But just two hours after it has fully opened its scent changes to a rancid smell, before closing up for good at sunrise. CambridgeshireLive email updates: We bring the stories to you Signing up to the CambridgeshireLive newsletter means you'll receive our daily news email. It couldn't be simpler and it takes seconds - simply click here, enter your email address and follow the instructions. You can also enter your address at the top of this page in the box below the picture on most desktop and mobile platforms. Changed your mind? There's an 'unsubscribe' button at the bottom of every newsletter we send out. A post on the garden’s Instagram said: “Oh it’s been worth the wait, what a beauty! "Our Moonflower has opened and the smell is divine – similar to gardenia and jasmine at the moment, but it’ll change (we think) into rotten veg smelling later.” The unusual cactus spirals around tree trunks with leaf-like, flattened stems or pads and is found exclusively above the high waterline of the floodplain rainforests of the Amazon Basin.
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. They are the only ones with long enough tongues to reach the nectar, which is deep within the plant.
Experts kept a night watch throughout the week so that they did not miss the flowering of Selenicereus wittii
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Alex Summers, the glasshouse supervisor at Cambridge University’s Botanic Garden, said he was “excited” to share the blooming of the cactus, which was streamed live online. “It’s very rare to have this plant in our collection and we believe this is the first time the Moonflower has flowered in the UK,” he said. “I noticed the flattened stems, or pads, which swirl around the trunk of our Water Chestnut had sent out a flowerbud in late November – which was a lucky spot as it’s almost 12 feet up in the air and could have so easily been missed.” He said it only recently “increased radically in size”, indicating that flowering was imminent. He added that he loved the story of how British botanical artist Margaret Mee brought the plant to the attention of a wider audience. You can find local activities to do virtually in our widget below:
She first saw the Moonflower in 1964 but had to wait until 1988 to see one in flower. Her painting of it is held by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in south-west London. Mr Summers said the cactus is expected to flower most years from now on.