Thanks Magaret for all the help! You are a star… Just as beautiful as this one… :-)

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Seems like my flower is a threatened specie. Tridentea Gemmiflora
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Location: Petrusburg, Free State, South Africa. On the edge of my garden. Growing wild, and the first time I saw it in the 12 years I live here.

Canon EOS 550D
f/5.6
Exposure Time 1/30 sec.
ISO – 100
62mm Macro Filter
RAW

2013/04/17

Stapelia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Carrion Flowers

genus Stapelia consists of around 40 species of low-growing, spineless, stem succulent plants, predominantly from South Africa. The flowers of certain species, most notably Stapelia gigantea, can reach 41 cm (16 inches) in diameter when fully open. Most Stapelia flowers are visibly hairy and generate the odour of rotten flesh; a notable exception is the sweetly-scented Stapelia flavopurpurea. Such odours serve to attract various specialist pollinators including, in the case of carrion-scented blooms, blow flies of the dipteran family Calliphoridae. They frequently lay eggs around the coronae of Stapelia flowers, convinced by the plants’ deception.
The hairy, oddly textured and coloured appearance of many Stapelia flowers has been claimed to resemble that of rotting meat, and this, coupled with their odour, has earned the most commonly grown members of the Stapelia genus the common name of “carrion flowers”.
A handful of species are commonly cultivated as pot plants and are even used as rockery plants in countries where the climate permits. Stapelia are good container plants and can grow well under full sun and light to moderate watering. They should be planted in well-drained compost as the stems are prone to rotting if kept moist for long.1

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Living on a farm, as I do, I’m provided unique opportunities to photograph plants and creatures. There are not many trees here, and no mountains or rocks; but there are a lot of fields! The bright sun gives me many lovely silhouettes to capture; while the rain brings out tiny plants and creatures. Sometimes I visit another town or province; and then my Canon EOS 550D works overtime.

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  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 1 year ago

    STAPELIA asciepiadaceae !
    Beautiful capture!!!
    “n Genus lag groeiende sukkelende uit die dorre streke van tropiese en Suidelike Afrika. Die stervormige blomme word aan kort dik blaarlose stingels gedra en hul kleure is in donker skakerings van pers en geel, dikwels fassinerend gemerk of omsoom – die blomme is gevolglik interessant maar nie juis aantreklik nie. Daarby versprei sommige soorte se blomme ‘n stank wat insekte en brommers vir bestuiwing lok. Voortplanting deur saad of steggies – hulle skiet maklik wortel! Uit Kristo Pienaar se boek Watter Blom is Dit?

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTover 1 year ago

    nice shot

  • Thanks!

    – Qnita

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 1 year ago

    Jammer ! Stapelia peculiaris! Gebeur wanneer mens te veel dinge op een slag wil doen!

  • :-) Beslis Stapelia, maar ek is nog steeds nie oortuig van die variëteit nie… :-)

    – Qnita

  • Kyk hoeveel verskillendes is daar! Wiki Ek gaan maar een-een deurgaan tot ek tevrede is. BAIE dankie vir jou hulp! Jy is ’n ster!!

    – Qnita

  • swaby
    swabyover 1 year ago

    Wow its so unique and so beautiful!

  • Thank you!

    – Qnita

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 1 year ago

    Ek het oral gesoek, weet nie van naby hoe joune lyk nie maar as jy seker is, dit is die belangrikste !

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 1 year ago

    Stunning een !

  • Al moet ek ook so sê… Dink my blommetjie is die mooiste van die foto’tjies wat ek op die web gesien het… :-)

    – Qnita

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 1 year ago

    Very pretty,…Never seen one before,….

  • This was the first for me too. They only grow in South Africa… :-)

    – Qnita

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Very nice capture

  • jozi1
    jozi1over 1 year ago

    Fantastic,Qnita :)

  • Thanks Tony… :-)

    – Qnita

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Commendable work Qnita…17 April 2013

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  • Thanks so much Tarry. Much appreciated…

    – Qnita

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