Saturday, July 3, 2010

Bunga Bakawali ~ Bunga Wijaya Kusuma

 my small pot of ' bunga bakawali'
originates from Makteh Asrah's  laman in Melaka
I had waited a long time to see its white bloom but missed viewing it
since it only opens up middle of the night

Epiphyllum Angulige, also known as Moon Cactus,
Queen of the Night (since it bloom at midnight only)
and in Malaysia it's common name 'bunga Bakawali'
while  Indonesians called them 'bunga Wijaya Kusuma'

It belongs to the cactus family and  said to originate from Mexico.
It is grown in gardens for its ornamental value because of its beautiful fragrant
 flower that bloom for a few hours only at night.
Both the flowers and  stems/leaves of Bakawali also known for its medicinal properties.

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