Carrion flower

By ColleenA
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY to you all... no red roses from me today, rather a smelly flower.
The Carrion flower (genus name-Stapelia Gigantea) is found in Southern Africa. We often see these on our bushveld trips. It is a star fished shape flower with five petals. They grow up to 40cm in diameter. It is the largest succulent plant species in the world. The flowers emit a foul smelling odour reminiscent of rotting meat and thereby attracts flies. See my second and third photos. These flies are not eaten by the plant but merely use the flies as pollinators.
Thank you to all the members who voted on my uploads especially my fairy wren. .... Colleen

Tags: Flowers and plants

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ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2013 12:49PM
Magic detail..
Very nice work..


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johnke 5 223 15
14 Feb 2013 12:54PM
Super shot Colleen,so much detail really sharp and well presented...John.
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
14 Feb 2013 12:59PM
I perceive with my deeply developed sense of perception that you are uploading a lot of smelly stuff - first the dung then this most foul smelling flower !! Still I have to tell you that this is excellent Colleen !! A great write up too for the unenlightened Smile
PS I did download Picasa and it seems to be an interesting tool - still have to discover more of it Smile
14 Feb 2013 1:27PM
3 Great detailed, colourful photos of this Carrion Flower
Interesting description of this unusal plant, never seen by me

Regards Brian
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2013 3:20PM
3 great images but v2 for me.SmileSmile

14 Feb 2013 3:31PM
V1 for me. Great images.
walk8 10 England
14 Feb 2013 4:18PM
Superb Image
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2013 5:21PM
These look different. Very well captured. V1 works for me. Smile
jackyp 7 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2013 5:38PM
What an amazing flower, stunning detail and beautifully captured Grin

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