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Night Blooming Cerius (Hylocereus undatus)

St. John Flora: Night Blooming CeriusThe night blooming cerius flowers growing on the perimeter of my yard opened last night. You can literally watch them open; the whole process lasting less than an hour.

There’s also some that are staring to put out fruit that I’m watching, hoping t defeat the thrushies (evil birds) in the quest for the prized pitaya fruit, locally called chickenettes.

The night blooming cerius, once quite common on the drier parts of St. John are disappearing rapidly with the development of new homes and where landscaping decisions usually favor the introduction of plants from Miami nurseries over the native vegetation, a big mistake, in my opinion. However, I still know where to find some and if I get up earlier than the early birds, can still harvest some fruit.

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