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Blooming Stapelias | by Desert Botanical Garden
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Blooming Stapelias

Stapelias or are succulent plants native to the deserts of South Africa. The flowers use flies as pollinators and put off a strong smell. As the flies buzz from flower to flower, they collect pollen and transport it to the next plant, thereby ensuring the successful pollination of this species. The flower’s smell and hairy, leathery texture mimic the rotting flesh of a dead animal. Nice!

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Taken on February 19, 2008