Moon cacti are native to central and southern Mexico. The common names "moon cactus" and
"queen of the night" refer are because it blooms at night (though flowers may last into the next day). Rickrack cactus refers to the
Identification: Multiple stems are up to 3' (1 m) long. Main
stems are woody, usually rounded, with branching alternate flattened "leaflets." These plants more
closely resemble ferns than most cacti. Flowers are 6-7" (15-18 cm) long × 4-5" (10-13 cm) in
diameter, with an inner white flower and an outer orange-bronze sepals. Fruits resemble gooseberries.
From Paxton's Flower Garden, volume 1, plate 34, by John Lindley and Joseph Paxton, drawing by L. A. L. Constans, 1853.