Sunday, July 29, 2007



Little Daisy

Bauhinea variegata (cow’s paw )

Bauhinea variegata (cow’s paw )

Stapelia gigantea (Carrion Flower)

"Stapelias are strange succulent plants native to the deserts of South Africa. The extremely large, starfish-shaped flowers of Stapelia gigantea are pale yellow with reddish tripes. The flowers give off a pestilent smell that attracts flies. As they buzz from flower to flower, flies collect pollen and transport it to the next plant, thereby ensuring the successful pollination of this species. The flower’s putrid smell and hairy, leathery texture mimic the rotting flesh of a dead animal."

Photos by Sonia A. Mascaro

See those scanning flowers on Leaves of Grass

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Peter said...

Nice to see these flowers "live" before you scanned them!

Eduardo P.L. said...

Estas suas PHOTOS estão maravilhosas, também! Flores são sempre muito fotogênicas!



OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I use to have one of tose "rotting dead meat" smelling flowering plants in my garden...They are so fascinating, aren't they? But they sure do smell bad...LOL!

isabella said...

I never heard of those smelly flowers, but have to admire how smart they are to attract the "pollenators" ;-)

Lovely area to spend your summers!

smilnsigh said...

I've never seen anything like the Carrion Flower.


Ming_the_Merciless said...

The flower in the last photo is soooo cute. I have never seen anything like it before.

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