The Moonflower plant, also known as the Amazon Moonflower, is an elusive member of the plant kingdom. It is considered elusive because the Moonflower plant blooms or opens its sepals for a single night each year.
That single night, the sepals of the Moonflower plant release a sweet fragrance in the air, together with a beautiful white flower. In other words, it mesmerizes the night atmosphere with its jasmine-like scent. But, unfortunately, this magical moment ceases by morning.
Recently, Alex Summers and his team decided to capture the moment when it was time for the Moonflower plant to blossom. Summers was a horticulturist and a glasshouse supervisor from CUBG. Although the Moonflower plant blooms around May, if kept under a glass roof in Europe, it may bloom between November and February.
When it was time for the plant to bloom, Summers and his team decided to capture the moment and share it online in a time-lapse. Their patience paid off when one day they discovered the sepals spreading.
However, the bloom timing was not something the team had expected. The sepals began spreading around 3pm, releasing a range of white, long, and pointy petals. At the same time, the bud started opening.
Within a couple of hours, the Moonflower plant had bloomed entirely. However, according to several experts, the camera lighting was the primary culprit for triggering the blooming process earlier than usual. In addition, it took place during the daytime, which was not expected.
Nonetheless, Summers and his team were excited to witness this annual phenomenon. Unfortunately, the Moonflower plant began to fade away 12 hours later. The plant switched its beautiful scent to something more unpleasant.