It's a short life for the night-blooming cereus flower. I keep the straggly succulent as a houseplant all year long just for this single night. (Thank goodness i was home!)
Our own bloom time is less than a single century. Yes, 70, 80, 90, 100 years sounds like a long time when you are 5 or 20 or even 30, but then various parts of the body start to wilt and droop--breasts, various muscles. The first wrinkle appears.
Photos from finegardening.com and ncag.blogspot.com