The carrion flower, Stapelia variegata

The carrion flower, Stapelia variegata

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Caption: Macrophotograph of the flower of Stapelia variegata, a native of Cape province, South Africa. It is known as a carrion flower for its strong & offensive smell, a fine imitation of rotting flesh. It is pollinated by insects that would normally feed on dung, corpses & decaying vegetable matter. Deceived by the smell into believing food is available, they lay their eggs on the petals. (A blow fly's egg is visible in the top right corner where the petals divide.) In warmer climates the flower grows to a large size and produces long string-like appendages. Magnification: X0.9 at 5x7cm size.

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Keywords: botany, flower, flowering, flowers, nature, plant, plants, stapelia, stapelia variegata, type

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