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Midnight Lady Cactus seeds (Harrisia Bonplandii) 20+Seeds

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The Midnight Lady (Harrisia bonplandii), is generally included within (as a synonym of) Harrisia pomanensis, suggesting that there is not really a fundamental difference between the two and there remains a considerable confusion surrounding the true identity of this this plant. Up to 22 cm in length, the flowers are white with scales of the perianth-tube copiously woolly in the axils. The plant remains often unnoticed in the forest, but can not be overseen when it blossoms only in the night and where its Spanish name, Reina de la Noche (Queen of the Night) originates. This species is widely cultivated, but under different names, one of which is Cereus acutangulus. Fruits and roots are edible and well known to the native nations of the Gran Chaco.
Derivation of specific name. The name bonplandii honors the French scientific Aimé Bonpland.
Stems: Slender and weak, some erect or clambering and reaching 1–1.5 m, the other procumbent, arching or trailing on the ground up to 2.5-3 meters long, or, 3 to 8 cm in diameter, strongly (3-)4-angled. The margins are sharp and wavy.
Areoles: 2 cm apart.
Spines: 4-6 (or rarely more), acicular, the longest 0.5–2(-4) cm long, when young red and often black-tipped, in age grey. The single strong central spine (if present) is up to 2.5-3 centimetres long.
Flowers: White, nocturnal, funnelform,15 to 22(-25) cm long, closing soon after sunrise. Outer perianth segments green, pink-tipped. Pericarpel and corolla tube filled with large persistent scales copiously woolly in the axils. Filaments numerous, borne almost to the base of the tube. Style included; stigma-lobes numerous.
Fruit: Edible, globular, and strongly tuberculate, 4 to 6 cm in diameter, red, bearing large scales with hairs in their axils, spineless, splitting on the side and exposing the white flesh and black seeds.

Midnight Lady Cactus

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