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Huernia hystrix

The family of plants known as the Stapeliads have always fascinated me.  For the past eight years I have collected a number of local plants. These plants are very interesting. They are succulents that thrive in the harsher environments so quite a battle to grow in our wet humid Pietermaritzburg climate.  They flower annually and the polinator for most are flies so, to attract them, the flowers smell foul, hence their common name of “carrion flower”. Below are three images, one of Stapelia gigantia (flowering in my garden, collected in the Tugela) and two of Huernia hystrix (flowering in a pot, collected at Hluhluwe). The S gigantia flower is the largest succulent flower in the world measuring a staggering 42cm across. 


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