Floral Motifs on Early Chintz
Selenicereus grandiflorus - Night-blooming Cereus Cactus
Selenicereus grandiflorus (Night-blooming Cereus Cactus) in Jamaica. By Richard C. Hoyer, WINGS [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)].
Selenicereus grandiflorus (Night-blooming Cereus Cactus) from the Victoria and Albert Museum, Furnishing Fabric (2 pieces), c. 1780
Selenicereus grandiflorus (Night-blooming Cereus Cactus) from C.J. Trew, G.D. Ehret, Plantae selectae, vol. 4: t. 31, 1754
Common Names: Night-blooming Cereus, Queen of the Night, Princess of the Night, Dama de Noche, Great Night-flowering Cereus, Large-flowered Cereus, Night-blowing Cereus

Description: Selenicereus grandiflorus (Night-blooming Cereus Cactus) is a member of the  Cactus family (Cactaceae) by plant taxonomists. The Hortus Kewensis, ed. 2, vol. 3 recorded that this native of Jamaica and Vera Cruz was cultured in Britain before 1700.
 
Quilts with the above Selenicereus grandiflorus (Night-blooming Cereus Cactus) motif: 
  • None known at this time
Chintz with the above Selenicereus grandiflorus (Night-blooming Cereus Cactus) motif: 
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Furnishing Fabric (2 pieces), Object Number Circ.92-1960, c. 1780
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Furnishing Fabric, Object Number T.15-1978, c. 1770-1799
  • The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Furnishing Fabric, Object Number 1969.3235, c. 1760-1800
Pattern for a printed chintz with the above Selenicereus grandiflorus (Night-blooming Cereus Cactus) motif: 
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Bromley Hall Pattern Book Engraving for a Printed Textile Design "Creeping (amended to 'Night') Cereus", Object Number E.458:93-1955, c. 1760-1800


 
           


©  Updated 4/2/2019     Author: Terry Terrell