Night Blooming Cereus

Other names: Lucerne

Scientific name: Selenicereus grandiflorus

Common names:

Ayurvedic names:

Chinese names: Shé Bian Zhu

Bangladesh names:

Arabic names:   صبار السيريس (Sabbaar as-seeris) 

Rain Forest names:

Family: Cactaceae

Approximate number of species known:

Common parts used: Stem


Annual/Perennial: Perennial

Height: 30 to 40 feet

Actions: Cardio tonic

Known Constituents: Flavones, phenylalkylamines including hordeine, alkaloids including grandifoline

Constituents Explained:


Traditional Use:

Used in the treatment of heart failure, and for common symptoms with it such as fliud retentionn, breathlessness, heart palpitations.

This has not had a cardiac glycoside from it which makes it not useful to replace certain medications for the heart.  Some plants do contain cardiac glycosides such as Digitalis, Oleander  (which is an extremely toxic plant), Strophanthus (another toxic plant.)

Clinical Studies: