The beautiful flower of the orchid cactus opens and closes in a single night. The plant is sometimes called the night blooming cerus.

The large and colorful flower is crowned by its sizeable leafs and produces a pleasant sweet smelling fragrance.

The cacti’s ideal habitat is the canopy top of Central and South America rainforests. It grows “upon the leaf,” and lives on the surface of other plants. Like an orchid as the name Epiphyllum suggests but they are not a related species.

These flowers were kindly donated by a neighbour and placed for support in the beautiful ceramics bowls of Katherine Mahoney. These proved to be the ideal subjects for my first paintings upon return to Australia.

Orchid Cacti (Epiphyllum) with Bowl (30 x 22cm)