|The Author grows succulents at his Northern
California home. He's mostly interested in unusual forms, contrasts, and
of course the beautiful flowers. Here are some pics of more notable
Stapelia gigantea: From the name you can guess this Stapelia has grand flowers, and it does. They're so big that when the plant was smaller, a single open flower entirely hide and plant and pot both (over 11" across). This is a carrion flower, so you don't want to hang around it in warm weather. The last picture shows the pollinators, confused and aggravated flies, invited to a banquet by the stench of decay, but alas it was a trick. These shots from the '02 flowering:
The third flower in that bunch didn't open until the first had deflated, so never got the hat trick. Flower #4 came along in November, for a record four whoppers from this plant. A good year.