Orchid cactus, Jungle cactus, Night blooming cereus, Dutchman’s Pipe • Marathi: ब्रह्मकमल Brahma kamal;


Epiphyllum oxypetallum: I had an opportunity to see this flowering last week at my home. Surprisingly, it flowered in December. Normally it flowers during July-Sept.- So called Bramhakamal…(!).

– Wow lucky you… though i am saying because you got such beautiful, fragrant flower at home, it is supertition on our side that this flower brings prosparity to owner i am having it only in vegetative condition for last 6 months since i hv planted.. i am waiting for its flower…

– It is a type of cactus and the flower blooms during night and last only for the night.

Flora of Kaiga_ID_Confirmation08082011 PJ1: ID Confirmation plz ..Is this Ephiphyllum oxypetalum, locally it is called brahma kamal. During my college days, I had been for higher altitude expidition to Himalayas there also I found Brahma kamal which was totally different from this. I had photographed this in film camera. Please
clarify with details & links.
Date/Time-: 2/08/11   –    21:00
Location- Place, Altitude – Kaiga , Uttar Kannada ,Karnataka, 380 mtrs
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-   wild
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Shrub
Height/Length – 1m

You are right.
It is Ephiphyllum oxypetalum.
Currently it is flowering in batches here in Pune. Maharashtra.
We had several discussions earlier on the difference between this and the true Brahma kamal from Himalayas. You can search it.

We have talked about this before..  Epiphyllum oxypetalum
Its one of the Night blooming cereus…(there are several) I had a cutting or two once from Swami Rama of the Himalayas… he had several growing near his kutir in Honesdale, PA. we used to wait (some more dedicated students were more diligent than I) for the flower  to bloom at night…
From tiny cuttings I grew several plants, and inside the apartment I got them to bloom a few times..
unfortunately no bats flew by to pollinate them… no fruits!!!
Its fruits are called dragon fruit… a delicacy in Thailandand now a days its served here in Calcutta by some
enterprizing young chefs at five stars…
our previous discussion here was at : efi thread


Saussurea obvallata…: Common Name: Brahma Kamala : The flower of Lord Brahma also known as King of Himalayan flower….
Date : 29-08-2011
Place : Mysore

This is not NOT Brahmakamal of the Sanskrit literature… that Saussurea obvallata.. is very different… we had a very long and interesting discussion about the different cacti that are called NITE BLOOMING CEREUS…your flower is one of them… cant tell the exact species just from flower… st least not me… need to see the cactus itself…
The discussion I talked of above can be found at this link… Take a look you’ll know the difference and different species lumped under NITE BLOOMING CEREUS…

ID Help 1: Requesting ID help. Location: Kolkata. Information known: Plant in tub for almost 20 years. annual bloom.

This is Epiphyllum oxypetalum often times referred to as the ‘Star of Bethlehem’.


Epiphyllum oxypetalum : I am attaching along with a photograph of flower I believe to be Epiphyllum oxypetalum. This flower bloomed in my pot yesterday night (1.7.13). There are three more buds, they will flower tonight.
Please confirm the id.
People call this Bramha Kamal but I think the real Bramha Kamal is Saussurea obvallata. Is this correct?

Nice photograph … I too think this to be Epiphyllum oxypetalum. Its night blooming. I do not know why people call this as Bhamha Kamal, but as mentioned by you, true Bramha Kamal is Saussurea obvallata (seen at High altitudes in Himalayas).

Yes ur right … Brahma kamal only in himalayan even VoF. This is night bloom flwr.


Request for Species Id, Mhow, Indore, MP : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1).

Request for Species id
Is this Brahma Kamal (Saussurea obvallata)  or
Queen of the Night –  Night Blooming Cereus (Epiphyllum oxypetalum)?

This is Epiphyllum sp. and not Saussurea..

Not at all S. obvallata.

Plant for id : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)

Please identify the plant in the picture. It was photographed near Pune, Maharashtra in July 15. Seen on growing on ficus tree.

Most probably Epiphyllum oxypetalum (DC.) Haworth

It is: Epiphyllum oxypetallum (bhrama kamal)

This plant is Epiphyllum oxypetalum, growing in association with tree (seems Ficus glomerata?)

This is not a wild plant. This seems to be buds of Epiphyllum oxypetalum.

Commonly planted here as Bramhakamal. Somebody might have planted it on Ficus racemosa.

Thank you all for the help in identification. It was on Ficus racemosa.

its night blooming cereus, succulent


Flora Picture of the Year 2015 : Aarti Khale : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)

Sharing a picture of this flower commonly known as Orchid Cactus or Night Blooming Cereus from my home garden in Nasik.

There were a total of 16 flowers that bloomed on that Full Moon Day, known as Adhik Aashad Poornima, all on one plant.

Date was 2nd July, 2015, time around 10.30 PM.

Beautiful picture, …!

It must have been amazing to observe so many blooms on one plant in your home garden! Congratulations!

Such a joy to see this as told by you.

Thank you for appreciating my picture.
It was an amazing experience.
What is more amazing is that these flowers generally bloom on a Full Moon Day.
They bloom every year, but I am not there to see the bloom.
I was told by my gardener there was a repeat bloom in September.

Brahma Kamal : 1 post by 1 author.

I am sharing a picture of the so-called “Brahma Kamal” also mis-named as Star of Bethlehem. The shot was taken late in the night.

This is Epiphyllum oxypetalum (Cultivated) & not the true Brahma Kamal (Saussurea obvallata)

BLOOMING OF A EPIPHYLLUM OXYPETALUM ( NIGHT QUEEN ) : 7 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (1)

Attaching a collage showing the sequence of blooming of a Epiphyllum oxypetalum (NIGHT QUEEN).

Nice series …, needs much preservance..

Attachments (1)

Excellent sequence photographed. Very nice to see.

EPIPHYLLUM OXYPETALUM ( QUEEN OF THE NIGHT ) : COLLAGE : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)

During the period from 6-10-2016 to 17-10-2016 I had the experience of observing  the bud of a Queen of The Night (Epiphyllum oxypetalum) attaining its fulfillment. The event is depicted in the attached collage.

Wonderful collage … showing transformation of a bud into flower.


Id please 280618SR1 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)

Common name Bramhakamalam
Place-My residence

Pl. give unique subject to each post as I have given now.
Pl. check

For me it looks like Epiphyllum oxypetalum, the South Indian Brahmakamalam.

Epiphyllum oxypetalum


Id please : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)
Common name Bramhakamalam
Place-My residence

Epiphyllum Oxypetalum 

night blooming cereus. each bud opens only once, for a few hours, during the nite,
i used to have one on my dining table, warmest spot. it opened started opening suddenly twisted around the stem as it opened filled the room with scent and me with wonder. it was about midnite and then by the morning was closed and next day wilted totally. that was in 1998.
not knowing its habit, i thought i had done something wrong that i had somehow not taken good care of it etc etc ….
but now i know better. that is its life story…so to say.
NY TIMES did a nice small story last year:

may your plant live and flourish

Thank you … for kind identification and … for sharing information. The flower is very sensitive to touch. I thought it wilted as I touched it to provide support.

did you read the ny times story?

Thanks for forwarding the NY Times story. I read it. Wonderful !

I am glad you read it.

so many years after my wonder and “trauma” of being possibly a neglectful gardener!!! i had someone else describe the experience, many moons later. i love such stories

False Bramhakamal !

It seems you are interested in reading articles on garden plants. I am providing the link : https://starofmysore.com/tag/tree-facts/ for reading my articles on trees and garden plants in Star of Mysore, a local English Daily. Earlier I contributed to Indian Express. But they are not available on line.

Thank you … you have indeed written a lot of stories.

i read few and esp like the Autograph tree and mexican sunflower and bookmarked the page. thank you for sharing’ and as you write more let us know here. so all can enjoy.
Many years ago … had started a storyteller group here. some of were very enthusiastic and wrote some stories and then sort of tailed off.


Swamy/New series/ID/24 – ID of the plant: 5 images.

Please ID the plant received for ID in a group. Photographed in Mysore last week (13.6.21). For me the plant is Epyphyllym hexapetalum. Please confirm/ suggest new ID.
South Inidan Brahmakamala. Nevertheless the real Brahma kamal is Saussurea obvallata.

Few more from a different locality in Mysore.

Yes …

This is Epiphyllum oxypetalum, as per images and details herein.


Epiphyllum oxypetalum (DC.) Haw. :: Thane, Maharashtra :: Dec 6, 2009 · JUN23 DV498: 4 images.

Epiphyllum oxypetalum (DC.) Haw.
Thane, Maharashtra :: Dec 6, 2009 · 12:06 AM IST :: about 11 m (36 ft) asl
Many thanks to kadupul and Bharat Godambe for validating the ID at iNaturalist



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