plural night-blooming cereus or night-blooming cereuses
Definition of night-blooming cereus
: any of several cacti with usually large, white, fragrant, night-blooming flowers: such as
a : a sprawling or climbing cactus (Selenicereus grandiflorus) found from Mexico to South America that has spiny, ribbed stems and pink to whitish spiny fruits
b : an erect or sprawling slender-stemmed, thorny cactus (Peniocereus greggii synonym Cereus greggii) that is native to the southwestern U.S. and adjacent parts of northern Mexico and has spiny red fruits
c : any of several cacti (genus Hylocereus) including one (Hylocereus undatus) cultivated especially for its usually pink- or red-skinned fruit — see dragon fruit
d : an epiphytic cactus (Epiphyllum oxypetalum) of Mexico and Central America that has flattened, leaflike stems with wavy edges and is often grown as a houseplant or garden plant
Note: The cacti known as "night-blooming cereus" are also known as Queens of the Night.
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