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Copyright: Peter Thomas (FunkyMunky) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 0 N: 608] (3154)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-05
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Sigma 18-200mm F3.5 - 6.3 DC OS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-05 4:18
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This is the second part of my posting on this succulent flower in our garden, about 10cm in diamater. Can anyone identify it, please?
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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-05 4:28]

Hi Peter,it's a specie of the Asclepiadaceae family but i can't help you about the exact name,a beautiful flower and an excelent capture whit total details and beautiful colors.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

hallo Peter
Very good sharpness and great details of this BIG BEAUTY with his beautiful colours
You can see the fly who came on the Air of this flower

The name is Stapelia gigantea

thanks greeting lou

Hi Peter,
really interesting flower with a bonus inside :)
Very good point of view. Nice colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Hallo Peter
This is a Stapelia gigantea as Lou also rightfully identified, also known as Zulu-giant. There are quite a number of these in the iMkuze game reserve and that is also where I saw them for the 1st time.

Here under are some informatation I have taken from a posting Loot did some time ago about the same plant. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Taxonomic Classification
SUPERDIVISION: Spermatophyta (seed plants),
DIVISION: Magnoliophyta (flowering plants),
CLASS: Magnoliopsida (dicotyledons),
ORDER: Gentianales (plants with gamopetalous flowers),
FAMILY: Asclepiadaceae (milkweed family).

Stapelia gigantea is commonly called the Zulu-giant, giant toad plant, or carrion-flower. Carrion-flower suits best; the flower is often smelled long before it is noticed as it gives off a pestilent smell that attracts flies in search of carrion. 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. The extremely large, starfish-shaped flowers are pale yellow with reddish stripes.

Stapelias are succulents that resembles cactus. The branches are X-shaped in cross-section and determinate, ceasing growth when about 4 to 5 inches in length. The inflorescence arises near the base of a branch between arms of the X. The inflorescence has two buds with scale-like leaves at the base of the petioles. When the flower opens, the second bud is aborted.

The flower (±23cm across) has two distinct whorls; the inferior ovary (set below the corolla) is surrounded by the calyx (sepals). The corolla has five lobes and is covered with trichomes that resemble fine hairs. The tissue is thick and similar in appearance and texture to skin of a mammal. Actually, it reminds one of the skin of a young pig. The raised dark areas near the centre (staminodes?) appear to mimic flies.

Surprisingly, the aroma and texture fools not only flies and humans, but animals such as cats too. One observation in cultivation has it that a garden cat circled the Stapelia with hackles raised. When the spent corolla dropped to the ground, the kindly cat attempted to bury the poor dead thing!

Common plants native to the deserts and dryer regions of Southern Africa to Zambia.

Source: "Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of Southern Africa" by Braam van Wyk & Sasa Malan, Struik Publishers.

Hello Peter,
This is such a beautiful image of this Stapelia gigantea. I've only seen it once in my life in my grandmothers garden and she used to call it the fly catcher. You are very fortunate to have it in your garden. TFS.

Hi Peter,
A Beautiful capture indeed! Perfect clarity to the finest detail. Wonderful colours and POV.
Best regards,

Hello Peter,
Great capture of this plant, excellent dept of field, very good details sharpness, lovely composition and beautiful colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

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