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cactus

A regionally popular short form for
(1) Peyote, or
(2) Mescaline.

cactus

the common name for members of the family Cactaceae, all of which, with one possible exception (Rhipsalis), are native to the continent of America. Most cacti are XEROPHYTES and succulents, found in deserts which have infrequent but heavy rainfall; cacti are absent from deserts with little or no rainfall. Epiphylum species and their relatives are found in rain forests and are chiefly EPIPHYTES. Cacti are distinguished from other succulents by having an areole, a pin-cushion type of structure from which wool, spines, new shoots and flowers develop. Other succulents do not possess an areole even though spines may be present.
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The same year that she finished "Flowering Judas," she wrote the poem "Night-Blooming Cereus," in which "Upborne by savage dark thorns the paper-lace dramatic flower/Spins in the winds, a dancing somnambulist." How much more difficult the image becomes here, how much more tortured the poetic devices ("flower" is later prosaically rhymed with "hour," "somnambulist" hyperbolically with the "great fist/of blackness ...").
The reason for this regional boom of sightings, the article revealed, was the night-blooming cereus cactus, which mutated an extra proton in its molecular structure to create a radical stable "element 115," the rumored fuel of alien spaceships.
Hayden was never prolific and his Collected Poems is not a long book--in addition to A Ballad of Remembrance, it consists of Words in the Mourning Time, The Night-Blooming Cereus, Angle of Ascent and American Journal.
The uncanny ability of the two creators to project a dramatic atmosphere manifests itself in their first operatic venture, Night-blooming Cereus, originally written for CBC Radio in 1959 and transferred to the stage a year later.