Upclose of center.
11 inches across from point to point
Upclose view of hairs.
Bud just before opening
Unopened Stapiliad bud.
Sometimes called "Star Cactus", because of the hairy star shaped bloom. It is not a cactus, but is a succulent which is native to tropical areas and grows wild on some beaches in Florida. The bloom has an unpleasent odor to attract flies for the purpose of pollination.
Just starting to set flower buds (9/21/03). Flowers every fall for me.
Grown in Georgia.
I have great success propagating this plant. I wait all year for this beautiful bloom. As you will note I can expect quite a few more this year.
I am waiting in anticipation for the others to bloom
This is the first time I've had flowers, and in fact it's only a 3 year old plant. I've never even bothered to identify it until these huge buds began opening. So far there are 14 of them. My care of it could be described as "benign neglect"
The "rotten meat" smell became suddenly very intense in the room, that's when I noticed the fly doing it's job of pollinating. This bloom has now been open for 4 days and several others now look ready to open.
After removing the first blossom after 5 days the rest of these opened (7). The only time the strong odor is emitted is when the hairs are disturbed..either by moving or by flies crawling over them.
have had this plant for 10 years and it never bloomed, moved to florida and it bloomed the first year. I keep it ouside and cover it when temps get low.
growing outdoors in Southern California in hot sun
An explosion of blooms and flies!
Two flowers getting ready to the right.
Stapelia Gigantea in bloom attracting flies.
Stapelia gigantea; St. Petersburg, Florida; Zone 9b; June 2005.
this one had 3 blooms at same time and 7 more "pods", unopened
Finally, a good bloom that did not curl back. This one was 12.5" from tip to tip.
A close-up view of the flower. This plant was given to me by another gardener around March. I was fortunate to have blooms in less than a year.
16" from tip to tip bloom
Stapelia gigantea wih bud about to open
Just added to my garden
This cluster of Carrion Plants, Carrion Flowers, Starfish Planst, Toad Plants, Zulu Giants (Stapelia gigantea) had over 50 blooms in September.
Carrion Plant, Carrion Flower, Starfish Plant, Toad Plant, Zulu Giant (Stapelia gigantea) petals untwisted one at a time as the flower opens.
At the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers.
A bud in early October, mid Fall, zone 9b.
Got it from a trade, one finger. Growing well and this is the first flower after 2 years of care. April15, 2007
Hairy Giant Starfish 'Stapelia Nobilis' Full sun,loves the heat!
This plant produced a less common 6-angled flower this year.
Before flower opens
Very large flower; compare to the hand/arm in the photo
Unique beauty survives Hurricane Gustav
OPENIND FLOWER FOR A CARRION CACTUS?
colony growing in botanical gardens, southern California
Carrion Cactus flower bud
Such a wonderous and amazing plant!
nice looking plants in spring, southern California
The flower opens at night falls and stay open for several days.
Potted Stapelia gigantea flowering in January 2011, Cape Town
Stapelia gigantea flower detail
Blooming in October in California
a veritable sea of stinkies
Blooms can be much larger than your open hand. This bloom has a fly pollenating it.
The large buds are almost as attractive as when the plant is in bloom.