Epiphyllum Oxypetalum Pink (brahma Kamal) not many know that Brahma Kamal is a misnomer when referred to this plant also known orchid cactus, whose Latin name is Epiphyllum oxypetalum. “Someone must have decided to call it Brahma Kamal and the name stuck. The real Brahma Kamal is Saussurea obvallata, which grows in the Himalayas. The Epiphyllum oxypetalum, on the contrary, is a cactus and nowhere related to Saussurea obvallata,” clarifies Pradyumna Gogte, a mentor for many organic gardening enthusiasts in the city. Gogte, who has studied zoology and environmental science, has extensively worked with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Bombay Natural History Society. He adds that the plant is not indigenous to India, and has been brought into the subcontinent courtesy the horticulturists of yore. “Most cacti flowers bloom in the night to reproduce, and have a limited window (hours of blooming) to do that. However, since the plant is not indigenous we don’t have pollinators for it, and this results in zero fruit formation on Epiphyllum oxypetalum,” explains Gogte who is also an expert on orchids. The Brahma Kamal may not bear fruit or set seeds in Pune, but the plant easily propagates via cuttings.