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After weeks of suspense, a rare Amazonian cactus has flowered for thousands of watchers around the world.

The Moonflower is believed to be the first time a flower of its kind has bloomed in the UK at the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens.

With 200,000 people watching the university’s livestream in the past fortnight, the event attracted interest from around the world.

The plant, which was believed to be nocturnal as its name indicates, started to open on Saturday.

By 5pm, the flower had opened up completely.

Scientists have been nurturing the rare cactus for six years at the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens (CUBG).

“We’ve been totally overwhelmed by the interest our flower has created,” CUBG director Beverley Glover said.

“As scientists, botanists and horticulturalists here at the Garden, we are all fascinated by plants, but its been so heartwarming to see how our Moonflower has captured the hearts and interest of so many people across the globe.”

She said little about the plant is known, so samples were taken so that they could be studied.

The Selenicereus wittii has been open for only 12 hours, and researchers are hoping that it will bloom every year now.

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