Stigma and pollinium of carrion flower

Stigma and pollinium of carrion flower

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Carrion flower. Macrophotograph of the repro- ductive parts of the carrion flower, Stapelia sp. The five prominent pointed and arched lobes are the inner corona, containing within each the female stigmatic surfaces. Male structures of the outer corona are the pollinia, of which one is seen open (yellow, lower centre). Hairs occur on the surface of the petals surrounding these repro- ductive parts. Carrion flowers, so called for their strong and offensive smell in imitation of rotting flesh, attract and are pollinated by insects (particularly blowflies). White eggs of a fly have been laid on the petal, the fly being deceived that food was available for its larvae.

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Keywords: botany, carrion flower, egg, flower, flowering, flowers, fly, nature, on petal, plant, plants, pollinium, repro. parts, stapelia, stigma, stigma and pollinium, type

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