Sunday, September 10, 2006

A Sticky, Stinky Stapelia

This is the antithesis of the night-blooming cereus flower that bloomed last night. Unlike the white, lemony night-scented beauty of last night, this stapelia blooms during the day and produces a putrid, rotting-meat smell which attracts house-flies for pollination. These blooms also last several days, unlike the night-blooming cereus which wilts before dawn after it blooms.

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Blogger Erin said...

That one actually looks like it stinks!

9/10/2006 09:42:00 PM  
Blogger hoosier student nurse said...

Well that's just wrong! I liked your comment on Too Fat 4 Ponies (the religion thing). I will see 1 Giant Leap. Sounds right up my alley.

9/13/2006 05:55:00 PM  
Blogger Paul Decelles said...


Wonderful plant. I have a small one at home. What's funny of course is that they are in the same family as milkweed and to my nose milkweed flower heads have the same basic smell. Plus some of the pinkish milkweeds get lots of fly visitors.

9/15/2006 10:26:00 PM  

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