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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