Scientific Name: Peniocereus greggii var. greggii
Common Name: Night Blooming Cereus, Queen of the Night
Family: Cactaceae, Cactus Family
Size: 4 feet or so
Growth Form: Slender and erect to sprawling but usually inconspicuous, the roots are deep, large and turnip shaped, the stems are gray green to gray and simple or with 2-5 branches it is narrowed toward base and has 4-6 prominent ribs.
Leaves: SPINES black to yellowish-white, usually in 3 vertical rows; apical ones black, subulate to .03 in. long; basal 3-5 spines yellowish white throughout to only at tips, thinner, to .1 in. long, appressed, puberulent when young. Flowers are 4.5 inches in diameter. Fruits are bright red darkening in age.
Flower Color: Cream color and nocturnal.
Flowering Season: June or July