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Rare Moonflower cactus blooms for ‘first time in UK’


A rare Amazonian cactus called the Moonflower has bloomed for what botanists believe is the first time in the UK. Experts at Cambridge University’s Botanic Garden kept a night watch throughout the week so that they did not miss the flowering of Selenicereus wittii – an event which usually begins at sunset and is over by sunrise. The Moonflower actually bloomed earlier on Saturday afternoon at around 3pm, and the garden said it was 28cm long.

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