Carrion flower

Carrion flower

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Caption: Carrion flower. A flower borne close to the ground of Huernia clavigera. It is native to tropical 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. The male and female reproductive structures lie deep inside the tubular corolla of the flower. While investigating the fragrant bloom the insects pick up pollen masses (pollinia,) which are covered in hooks, on their legs.

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Keywords: botany, carrion flower, flower, flowering, flowers, huernia, huernia clavigera, nature, plant, plants, type, wild flower

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