night-blooming cereus


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night-blooming cereus (nītˑ blōōˑ·ming sirˑ·ē·s),

n Latin name:
Selenicereus grandiflorus; parts used: flowers, stems; uses: heart conditions, urinary tract conditions, hyperthyroidism, benign prostatic hypertrophy; precautions: pregnancy and lactation, infants and children, high blood pressure, severe cardiac conditions, cardiac glycosides, MAOIs. Also called
large-flowered cactus, queen of the night, sweet-scented cactus, or
vanilla cactus.
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A night-blooming cereus, Aline whispers into my ear as though she were afraid it might hear us.
Mark Packard is very serious about plants such as the night-blooming cereus and other botanicals that do their thing after dark.
The gardens boast mango trees (a native of India brought to the Caribbean in early 1700s), breadfruit (brought from Tahiti by the British to feed the slaves), night-blooming cereus, royal palms, coconuts (the milk is called 'jellywater'), sea grape tree, tamarind and flamboyant, the national tree of Nevis and St Kitts.