Category:  Nature Photography | Posted: November 22, 2017

on the stapelia

Oh sh...we have been fooled !

by supergold

Macro - Photography (a) Contest Entry 
two green flies at the center of a Stapelia gigantea........................................................
Stapelia gigantea is a species of flowering plant in the family Apocynaceae, native to south eastern Africa. Growing up to 20 cm (8 in) tall, it is a clump-forming succulent with erect cactus-like green stems 3 cm (1 in) thick. In summer, it bears large star-shaped five-petalled flowers up to 25 cm (10 in) in diameter. The flowers are red and yellow, wrinkled, with a silky texture and fringed with hairs, that can be as long as 8 mm (0.3 in). They have the smell of rotting flesh,  in order to attract the flies which pollinate them.they fool the flies into thinking they're laying their eggs on a corpse. More precisely: the hair, color and odor look like an animal anus!  Because of  the foul odor of its flower, S. gigantea can act as an appetite suppressant in humans.

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