Moonflower – level 2

26-02-2021 15:00

Selinecereus is a special cactus that naturally grows in Central and South America. People sometimes call it the ‘moonflower’ because it blooms only for one night.

Only 13 botanic gardens in the world grow this plant, and last week, it bloomed in the UK. Botanists were very excited because it happened in the UK for the first time. Botanists at Cambridge University did not sleep all week, and they watched the plant all the time. They did not want to miss the chance to see the 28-centimeter flower.

The flower smells very strongly and sweetly, but when the plant begins to die, the smell changes and it is very unpleasant.

Difficult words: cactus (a plant which has sharp ends and it usually grows in hot and dry places), bloom (when a plant makes flowers), botanist (a person who studies plants).

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