Epiphyllum oxypetalum is often described as ‘Queen of the night cactus’. In India it is considered a sacred plant and called ‘Brahma Kamalam’, though there is much controversy about whether or not it is the ‘true’ Brahma Kamalam. In any case there is a lot of mystique associated with this plant. It blooms sometime between July to October, in a characteristic style: as the bud matures its stalk bends and turns the flower upwards, like an orchid. It blooms in the night with mild, pleasant odour.