Epiphyllum oxypetalum or ‘Queen Of The Night’ is a species of cactus and one of the most cultivated species in the genus. E. oxypetalum blooms rarely and only at night, and its flowers wilt before dawn.
Epiphyllum Oxypetalum is one of the most largely cultivated epiphyllum species out there. It is native to Southern Mexico and a wide area in South America. Often grown as houseplants, these beautiful plants are mostly epiphytic, which means in its native habitat it grows on the surface of other plants. Epiphytes are not parasitic plants, but rather, they derive nutrients and moisture from their surroundings such as the air and rainwater. Epiphyllum Oxypetalum is known for its fragrant, white flowers that can get quite large. The flowers’ most distinct characteristic is that they bloom only at night. Other common names include ‘Orchid cactus’, ‘Dutchman’s pipe cactus’, and ‘Night blooming cereus’. These plants are commonly found in hanging baskets to give support to their long, branching stems.