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Cactus Flower
updated: Nov 15, 2012, 9:00 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

This beauty showed up in our yard yesterday, can anyone name it for me?

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 COMMENT 343068 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-15 09:09 AM

starfish christmas cactus?

 

 AQUAHOLIC agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-15 09:20 AM

Wow, that is amazing...just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

 

 COMMENT 343096 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-15 09:43 AM

It is a Stepeliad. The flower stinks and attract flies. Gorgeous specimen!

 

 COMMENT 343102 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-15 09:51 AM

SO AWESOME! Is it from the cactus behind the flower?

 

 ARTEMISIA agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-15 10:21 AM

Stapelia, not a cactus but related to milkweeds. Most species are native to South Africa. This is a spectacular example! Thanks for the great photo.

 

 COMMENT 343122 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-15 10:27 AM

Beautiful specimen indeed! A few things come to mind:
+ It's probably Stapelia gigantea
+ It's not a cactus, nor is it a euphorb (which look similar to cacti), but rather a succulent species that's related to milkweed plants! Stapelia is in the Apocynaceae family (Dogbane family), which is a large, and recently revised, family... botanists subdivide the family into several groups including Stapelia's group, the subfamily Asclepiadoideae which also contains the milkweeds but in a different genus (Asclepias).
+ The flowers emit a strong odor of rotting meat, and the mottled petals resemble flesh. This "pollination syndrome" attracts flies, beetles, and other arthropods that are looking for food or a place to lay eggs. While they're foraging, the flower can be pollinated.

Get your nose in there... isn't it amazing! Ok well, stinky, sure. But pretty cool that these flowers evolved to mimic rotting flesh.
Oh nature.... *sigh* :-)

 

 COMMENT 343132 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-15 10:50 AM

It's really fantastic! Thanks for posting a gret shot of it. Spectacular!

 

 COMMENT 343133P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-15 10:51 AM

102, yes. Haven't noticed any weird smell from it, 096.

 

 COMMENT 343154 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-15 11:18 AM

Yes that is a Carrion or Toad Plant (Stapelia gigantea).

 

 COMMENT 343174P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-15 11:39 AM

154, just googled stapelia gigantea and sure enough that is what this is. Thanks. I'll let my wife know.

 

 COMMENT 343281P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-15 02:52 PM

Sure is pretty. How long did it take to develop into the flower?

 

 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-15 03:23 PM

Definitely a stapelia. Get your nose really close.... Does look like the "gigantea" species, judging by flower color and size. Great photo, thanks.

 

 COMMENT 343379P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-15 05:20 PM

@OP---is this color enhanced? My stapelia always look more reddish than maroon-red (as yours does).

@122 Thank you, thank you, thank you. Great post!

 

 COMMENT 343542 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-16 06:20 AM

How about "Betty"?

 

 COMMENT 343552 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-16 07:07 AM

I saw some plants for sale at Terra Sol Garden Center in their succulent section. Awesome plant!

 

 COMMENT 343755P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-16 12:19 PM

Whoa, there...Stunning!

 

 COMMENT 343795P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-16 01:12 PM

Feed me, Seymour!

 

 COMMENT 343811 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-16 01:38 PM

So far you have the genus and species but I think this one is named Fred.

 

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