Cereus hildmannianus (Queen of the Night) and Poem

The Tropical Flowering Zone

Cereus hildmannianus

NOCTURNAL HEMORRHAGE

I fell on the cactus spine
And burst, a nocturnal hemmorhrage
Flowering outreach 
To Carbon dioxide

Cereus plight
That I light these torches
Which glowed amongst traffic
Of slumbering knights

Who once walked these paths
With shining armour, and lances in white.

©M. Firpi

Cereus hildmannianus (Queen of the Night) Aka Andes Organ Pipe, Torch Cactus, Torch Thistle, and Hedge Cactus, is a species of cactus from southern South America. Its distribution is in the neotropics, including Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, the Caribbean, and subtropical regions of the U.S..

Cereus hildmannianus

Some species of ceroid cacti were known as torch cactus or torch-thistle, supposedly due to their use as torches by Native Americans in the past. Cereus hildmannianus has a tree-like growth habit with a distinct trunk after which it branches freely up to 10 m (33 ft) high. Its stems are up to 15 cm (6 in) across, have 4–6 ribs…

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