A carrion flower, Stapelia schinzii

A carrion flower, Stapelia schinzii

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Caption: Carrion flower. A large flower borne close to the ground of Stapelia schinzii. It is native to South Africa. Known as a carrion flower, it has a strong and offensive smell in imitation of rotting flesh. Carrion flowers are pollinated by insects (particularly blowflies) that would normally feed on dung, corpses and decaying vegetable matter. Deceived by the smell into believing food is available, the flies lay their eggs on the petals. Found in a warm climate, the Stapelia schinzii flower grows to a large size (here measured at 20 centimetres in length).

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Keywords: botany, carrion flower, flower, flowering, flowers, nature, plant, plants, stapelia, stapelia schinzii, type, wild flower

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