Leaving aside all the cereus/serious puns…I started looking at some exotic plants and was amazed by this one plant ccommonly alled the Night Blooming Cereus. Turns out there’s a lot of confusion on the web and in the history of naming this plant. I’ve seen various, seemingly decent to me, sources claiming it is an epiphyllum or a selenicereus and there seem to be a lot of related plants that don’t specifically have the white bloom, night bloom and/or fragrance the NBC that I was first intrigued by has. (The quirky feature of the plant that I’m trying to track down is that it is fragrant, blooms only at night, blooms rarely, and has giant white flowers. Apparently, the flowers are so amazing that people will have night long parties to watch it bloom … ok, lots of drinking probably goes on, too.)
So, any light people can shed on this is welcome. Not for the faint of heart if you’re new to plant taxonomy, I’m guessing. It’s not my area by a hundred miles and even after a few hours of reading various websites I was not sure what the definitive answer was. Maybe there isn’t one? (Adding to the confusion: some sites imply or state that this plant could have only originated in the New World. Others claim that it came from Asia (or maybe just confusion over where their cuttings came from).)
Ultimately, my goal is to make sure I’m buying the right thing, but I’m curious as to where it fits into all these related plants, too. Thanks!