Thousands watch live stream as rare cactus starts to bloom in UK

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Selenicereus wittii bloomed in a live stream from Cambridge University’s Botanic Garden on Saturday

A rare Amazonian cactus called the moonflower has bloomed for what botanists believe is the first time in the UK.

Experts at Cambridge University’s Botanic Garden kept a night watch throughout the week so that they did not miss the flowering of Selenicereus wittii – an event which usually begins at sunset and is over by sunrise.

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