night-blooming cereus


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night-blooming cereus:

see cactuscactus,
any plant of the family Cactaceae, a large group of succulents found almost entirely in the New World. A cactus plant is conspicuous for its fleshy green stem, which performs the functions of leaves (commonly insignificant or absent), and for the spines (not always
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night-blooming cereus

symbol of fading loveliness; blooms briefly. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 176]
See: Brevity
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The uncanny ability of the two creators to project a dramatic atmosphere manifests itself in their first operatic venture, Night-blooming Cereus, originally written for CBC Radio in 1959 and transferred to the stage a year later.
Natural phenomena like full moons, night-blooming cereus flowerings or even hurricanes provide good backdrops.