Floral Friday : Stapelia Leendertziae

(South African Stapeliad Desert flower) 

AasblomIMG_6896Known globally as African starfish flowers or locally as carrion flowers, members of the genus Stapelia are usually characterized by their foul-smelling flowers reminiscent of the odour of rotting meat. The hairs, coloration and surface mimic decaying animal matter and attract mostly flies, which act as pollinators. The strong carrion scent is sometimes recognizable at a great distance, especially on hot afternoons. Surprisingly, species such as S. erectiflora and S. flavopurpurea have sweetly scented flowers, but they are rare.IMG_6894

Stapelia leendertziae is most conspicuous when in flower owing to the unique large, bell-shaped, deep reddish to dark purple flowers that are up to 120 mm long. It is widely grown in gardens but distinctly uncommon in the wild. It occurs on the mountains of the northeastern escarpment and Swaziland where it seems to be confined to rocky ground with shallow soils.





29 thoughts on “Floral Friday : Stapelia Leendertziae

  1. Vroeër jare toe ek nog op skool was het ons ook n aasblom in die tuin gehad(nie dieselfde as joue nie, dit was n geel blom met spikkeltjies) Eerste keer wat hy geblom het het ons op ons stoep gesit en die reuk gekry. Nie geweet wat dit is nie tot ons rondgekyk en gesoek het. Toe ontdek ons die plant wat blom. Dit ruik rerig soos aas. Vlieë hou baie daarvan en lê hul eiers op blomme. Dit was blykbaar n skaars een want Universiteit v Pretoria het van plant kom kry om te groei

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  2. Oh my I got a whiff of this not so lovely-NOT!!-smller at the flower display in tacoma several years ago. Puts my hubbys gas to shame and that takes a lot.

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