Dutchman's Pipe, kardable, Night Queen, Nishagandhi or Gul-e-Bakawali, Wijaya Kusuma is a species of cactus and one of the most cultivated species in the genus. It is a variety of nightblooming Cereus and often confused with species of Selenicereus.
Native to Central America and Northern South America,the Kadupul flower blooms rarely and only at night -- mysteriously, the flower wilts before dawn. In 1909, C. A. Purpus collected a slightly different type in St. Ana, Orizaba, Mexico. It has carmine red outer petals and the flowers have an unpleasant smell, rather than being fragrant. It was originally named Phyllocactus purpusii, but does probably not deserve any botanical recognition. The Chinese chengyu (fo... Read more »