16 year mystery plant

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  1. Adrienne Robinson

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    16 years ago I took a leaf cutting from a plant and for the first time it flowered! The leaves grow up to a foot long are leathery and have wavy edges. The flower looks like no other I have seen. It is an elongated shape and the many, many "petals" look like silk feathers and are creamy white with a few strands of pink/salmon. The flower grows directly out of the tip or side of the leaf suspended from what seems like an umbilical cord. Any ideas what this might be???
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Epiphyllum oxypetalum. Frequently asked about.
     
  3. Adrienne Robinson

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    Dear Ron, thank you for the identification of my plant. After looking up photos of the flowers I find they are different from mine which is elongated and never opens up but deflates and collapses after 2 days. The flowers are described as having a lovely aroma and mine have none. Clearly it is the same plant and maybe needs stronger light or fertilizer which I have not been using. I am thrilled to know more about it and thank you for your help.
    Adrienne
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Did you look at the flowers at night? That's when they're most open.
     
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    I have looked at them at all times of day and they do not open but are a lovely downward facing cylindrical form. Maybe hey need more light and some fertilization. I will look at them right before I go to bed.
    It is also called night blooming cereus is it not?
     

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