Early morning reveals the night flowering of our cactus. The daylight show lasts for only a few hours before the flowers close and die. During the early stages of the wet season the cactus may undergo several flowering phases lasting for up to a week
Jane Heller's "A Day at the Museum" - "This photo was taken at a local museum--it depicts underwater life as it would have been a few thousand years ago. The 'flowers' pictured are actually sculpted representations of Crinoids AKA Sea Lilies, beautiful marine invertebrates (spineless animals) related to starfish and sea urchins."
Flowering cactus. - This is an Echinopsis multiplex(aka oxygona) hybrid possibly one of the Paramount hybrids, produced at the now closed Paramount Cactus Nursery in Paramount, Southern California(often crossed with Lobivia and Trichocereus). They are sometimes know as easter lily cactus. They like a bit more shade, richer soil and a bit more water in spring and summer than most cactus, and can take a lot of cold in winter if they are kept very dry, like mid teens F.