The Queen revels beyond the realm of summer’s lurid light To scorn the damp recess of shade where moss has laid its lawn. Her pale and powdered faces flaunt the earth by starry night; Though falling, faint and faded, by the cawing crow of dawn. Her slender, waxen limbs are draped upon her chosen sire Who cradles her, consumed amid the scent of her perfumes. Wherever out her branches bend; is loveliness admired By fleeting bat and beating moth; by men and sailing moons. Magnificent she flourishes; dry, dappled shade her nest Where wild and unrestrained, resplendent flowers ever grow So fair, and verdant framed, and scarlet tipped, and golden tressed; With flames of bronze and ivory her lighted candles glow. The chills of night cannot befall: the hallowed earth is blessed Wherever blooms the Queen of Night; Selenicereus.
Selenicereus is an epiphitic cactus native to South and Central America. The scientific name is derived from Selene, the Greek Goddess of the moon. They are sometimes referred to as the 'queen of the night' because the flowers open at night.