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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For drama, nothing quite compares to the spectacle of the awakening of the night-blooming cereus. This ragged, sinuous cactus clambers up palm trees and fences with long, prickly, tangled limbs studded with huge closed buds.
The selections are divided into four categories: "The Poet's Voice," "Reviews," "General Essays" on the poetry, and "Essays on Individual Poems." The first includes two interviews with Hayden, three reviews by him, a brief statement on poetics, and two poems--an unfinished draft of "Entrance and Tableux for Josephine Baker" and "Ballad of the True Beast," which appeared in The Night-Blooming Cereus but was not included in Collected Poems.
Try night-blooming cereus (Cactus grandiflorus) for gripping pains in the womb, Graphites (black lead) for bad period pain with a headache and Pulsatilla for bad pain with weepiness.