Blowflies on Stapelia

Blowflies on Stapelia

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Credit: DANT FENOLIO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Some plants of the milkweed family produce carrion flowers, or flowers that emit a pungent odour resembling decaying flesh, to attract flies and carrion beetles. Flies and carrion beetles are the primary pollinators for the plants. The South African Giant Toad Plant, Stapelia gigantea, produces a beautiful but malodorous flower. Photographed in 2009.

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Keywords: adaptation, african starfish flowers, apocynaceae, asclepiadaceae, asclepiadoideae, beetle pollinated, blowfly, carrion cactus, carrion flower, coevolution, decaying flesh, desert orchid, flower, flowering, fly pollination, giant toad plant, green bottle fly, greenbottle fly, malodorous, milkweed family, orbea, plant, plant animal interaction, pollination, smelly, stapelia, stapelia gigantea, starfish cactus, starfish plant

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