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Stapelia gigantea | by Gabriel Paladino Photography
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Stapelia gigantea

Very variable species with the largest flowers in the genus ranging from 100-400 mm in diameter. Clump-forming succulent with fat, green, erect, deeply ribbed stems, up to 200 mm tall and 30 mm thick.

The flowers are large, star-shaped 5-petalled, pale yellow in color, with transverse crimson lines variable in color and covered with purplish or crimson hairs.

It is the most widely north-south distributed species and occurs in Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

 

• Zulu giant / giant carrion plant / giant toad plant

• Flor carroña gigante

 

Scientific classification

Kingdom:Plantae

(unranked):Angiosperms

(unranked):Eudicots

(unranked):Asterids

Order:Gentianales

Family:Apocynaceae

Subfamily:Asclepiadoideae

Tribe:Stapeliae

Genus:Stapelia

Species:S. gigantea

 

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Taken on April 20, 2018