Vintage botanical art from Le Jardin Fleuriste by Charles Lemaire showing Moon Cactus (Phyllocactus anguliger) flowers, also known as Queen of the Night. The species is commonly grown as an ornamental for its beautiful, fragrant flowers in the fall. It is also known as Wijayakusuma (Lord Vishnu's flower). It is found in Mexico and India.
Charles Lemaire was a prominent botanist and was involved with many of the most important botanical works.
This is a fine art print of a lithograph from Jardin Fleuriste. Le Jardin Fleuriste was published from 1851 to 1854, in an era of travel and exploration. Plants from around the world were being collected and bought back to Europe and eagerly studied by botanists and horticulturists.