Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Starfish cactus

Otherwise know as stapelia gigantea or carrion flower. I took several rootings from a plant in my neighborhood and they are all blooming right now. This one plant had 4 or 5 buds which are like balloons and then the flower opens to a huge star covered in tiny hairs and a foul odor which attracts flies which in turn pollinate it. They last a day and then whither. Very unusual and strange.

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