Photographed in the Gila Bend Mountains, Maricopa Co., Arizona on 17 Feb. 2008. This image is available at the Wikimedia Project.
FLOWERS: Amazing, oversized white flowers with numerous petals open at
night to be pollinated especially by bats. Basis for another popular name for this cactus: Queen
of the Night.
This picture is also hosted at Wikimedia Commons where there are many more images of cacti.
Cactaceae -- Cactus Family
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Michael J. Plagens, page created 20 Feb. 2008,
updated 23 July 2021.