Most unusual bloom

Discussion in 'Garden Tips And Talk' started by Bill in SC, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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    Thought you might like this. It is Stapelia flavo purpurea a member of the Asclepiad group. The plants in this family are called "carrion plants" because their odor smells like rotting flesh. This particular plant has a sweet sort of rotting smell. Most unusual! STRIKING flower, to say the least!
    Bill in SC
     

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  2. catgetter1

    catgetter1 New Member

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    Beautiful flower....Kinda looks like the bottom side of a Starfish...... Is the smell suppose ta attract bugs fer eatin like the flytrap????:cool2:
     

  3. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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    Actually, the smell is supposed to attract flies to pollinate it. Here are a few more Asclepiads: Stapelia gigantia, Stapelia gettelleffii, and Huernia confusa.
    these plants hail from Africa, and are indeed wonders of the plant kingdom.
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    223reload New Member

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    Neat flowers and very informative,Thanks,Bill.
     
  5. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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    Thank YOU, sir, for responding.
    Bill in SC
     
  6. germanmudfish

    germanmudfish New Member

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    God's wonders never cease to amaze me. Thanks for the pictures.