Succulent mystery, part two

A couple of months back, Sonya posted a photograph of a succulent with an interesting flower.  I have a succulent with a similar leaf structure to Sonya’s and with an equally interesting, but different flower.  Any suggestions as to what it is?

Succulent mystery, part two

Succulent mystery, part two

6 Responses to Succulent mystery, part two

  1. Ross April 28, 2009 at 6:25 am #

    The plant is called a Stapelia – they are one of only a few carnivorous plants in South Africa. They’re also sometimes called a carrion flower because they smell of rotting meat, and attract flies as a result. Quite amazing plants really?

  2. Niall McNulty April 28, 2009 at 11:08 am #

    hey ross, that is really interesting. I will go take a whiff next time it flowers 🙂

  3. emme April 28, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

    just don’t get too close smile, he might bite your nose off.

  4. JennyE March 18, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

    Looks like Orbea variegata.found mostly on coastal granite or shale outcropsin SW and S Cape

  5. Lorraine March 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    I think it is Huernia hystrix or Porcupine huernia, which grows from KwaZulu-Natal through to Mpumalanga. The little spikes harden and turn yellow. Huernias, stapelias and orbeas all look very similar and are some of the amazing species belonging to the carrion flower family.

  6. Jaco May 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    Lorraine is right, the plant’s name is Huernia hystrix. Ross, they are not carniverous plants, although I confess Huernia hystrix does look like it is ready to chew anything that touches it. The reason for the smell is to attract pollinators, usually flies. However, Huernias do not smell, of the South African species, it is usually the Stapelia’s, Orbea’s and Tridentia’s that have the foul smell.

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