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Living In The Desert Is Cool. I'm Cereus!

Night Blooming Cereus in the wild

The cactus doesn't attract one bit of attention...  until it blooms.  Google "night blooming cereus," and you'll find a community of ardent admirers of the plant, some utterly magnificent photographs, and reams and reams of print.

We're fortunate to see them in the wild here in Tucson.  This one bloomed along a riding trail in Catalina State Park, just north of Tucson, AZ, in the shadow of Pusch Ridge.

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Comment balloon 15 commentsMike Jones • June 23 2009 12:29AM

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What a cool juxtraposition Mike ~ love it!

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor almost 10 years ago

Mike,

It reminds us you some times have to look for beauty. Some peopleplants bbloom at different times,

Bill

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) almost 10 years ago

Most of the time you would walk right past and not notice it. Never to imagine the beautiful flowers it produces.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) almost 10 years ago

Mike, I really think that cacti have some of the most beautiful blooms. Neat photo... 

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Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Mike- what a great cactus.  It looks so interesting.  Not like cactus I have seen in the past.

Posted by Kim Peasley-Parker (AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

This reminds me of driving along the northern areas of Montana where almost nothing grows "above the tree line" except some of the most exquisite wild flowers.

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

This is a very unique cacti my friend.  I for one may have never given it a second glance if I saw it without the flowers, now I will pay closer attention.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 10 years ago

Don,

The indians used the root as a food source.

Lenn,

A different kind of "desert."

Kim,

Most of the year, it looks much like a dried stick.

Michael,

Yes, they do.  The root is tuberous, like a turnip, and usually weighs five to fifteen pounds, although specimens have been found with a tuber weighing over 100 lbs.

Terry,

That's true.  Even as the plant gets larger (it can reach a sprawling length of up to eight feet) the woody stems remain about 1/2 inch in diameter.  It is the root (tuber) that continues to enlarge.

Bill,

Some of us are that way, aren't we?  :)

Liz,

Thanks for being the first to comment.  For shopping, check out this link.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago

Mike,

Praise be the Programmer who causes those things to bloom...!!! :) Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Beauty among the dry brush, nice photo to share; it sheds the hope of new life  in areas that look like life has left.

Posted by Diane Daley (Caron's Gateway Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

I love those night bloomers! ;-)

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing almost 10 years ago

I didn't know that cactus plants bloomed at night.  I recently bought some moon lillies which I'm told also bloom at night.  Very interesting..

Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

GOOD MORNING MIKE!  Gosh -- I saw this yesterday and it took me a couple days of coffee to finally get the title!  I got a good laugh this morning. Cereus - ly! -- Gab

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Gabrielle,

You are cereus-ly funny!  Thanks for making me smile.

Lola,

My 10 year old granddaughter looked at your comment, and exclaimed "Michelle Obama reads your blog!"  Thanks for making her day!

Susie,

I'll bet you do.  :)

Caron,

I appreciate what you have to say; thanks for stopping by.

Fran,

Yes, there's a lot to give praise for, isn't there?

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 10 years ago

Gorgeous photo and sentiment, Mike.  It wasn't until I moved away that I learned to really appreciate the beauty and mystery of the desert.  Sometimes I miss it terribly, and I'm very excited for a quick visit next week.

Thanks so much for stopping by my site last week.  I'd love to connect with your family in Michigan sometime!  If you send me an email address, I can send an announcement of upcoming fall workshkops.

Posted by Pam at BeyondJustMom almost 10 years ago

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