Night Blooming Cereus
My nextdoor neighbour is good at cultivating flowers and the strange plant he has among the protected species is Night blooming Cereus, also called Dutchman's Pipe. It is a special member of the Cactus Family that resembles nothing more than a dead bush most of the year. It is rarely seen in the wild because of its inconspicuousness. This plant is suitable for growing indoors.
Just for one midsummer's night each year, its exqusitely scented flower opens as night falls, then closes forever with the first rays of the morning sun. Last evening the lovely plant began to bloom at 8 pm and it faded hours later.
In Chinese we have an idiom Tan Hua Yi Xian that means a flash in the pan. Tan Hua is the phonetical spelling of Night blooming Cereus. The idiom refers to very short living things.
See the photos of night blooming Cereus attached.