Great Britain is experiencing a fragrant sensation: In the botanical garden of the University of Cambridge, after days of waiting, a blossom of the rare moonflower has opened. The spectacle is short-lived.
The “Selenicereus wittii”, also called the moon flower, surprisingly bloomed for a few hours on Saturday afternoon, as could be seen on the side of the botanical garden .
The flowering phase had already been eagerly awaited by botany fans, as it is said to have been the first time the cactus plant from the Amazon region in Great Britain has flowered.
The blooming phase was actually expected for one night, i.e. between sunset and sunrise, which is why the botanical garden had already put a night watch during the week.
“It was worth the wait, what a beauty! Our moonflower has opened and the scent is divine – similar to gardenia and jasmine at the moment, but it will turn into rotten vegetables,” the garden wrote on its Instagram channel.
The change in smell is considered typical of the plant.