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    Post by Joy on Wed 03 Mar 2010, 9:56 pm

    Bruiser did some work on a lady's computer & when he refused payment, she asked if I would like a couple of her plants. Would I what !?!?! :D That was a few months ago. Then a few weeks ago, we came home to find these two plants on our front patio.



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    Post by Joy on Wed 03 Mar 2010, 9:59 pm

    The stapelia leendertziae from another angle. They were very dehydrated when we received them but they quickly plumped up after a drink of water.

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    Post by Joy on Wed 03 Mar 2010, 10:03 pm

    Both plants had buds & one of the buds on the larger plant started developing very quickly. At the time it was an "unknown succulent". The flower bud was a dark purple, which when photographed in certain light, shows as a soft pinky red.

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    Post by Joy on Wed 03 Mar 2010, 10:11 pm

    This is closer to its true colour. This was taken the next day.



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    Post by Joy on Wed 03 Mar 2010, 10:26 pm

    Here is the whole stapelia leendertziae plant. The flower, also, known as "Black Bells" is 10/11cms long & is the only bell-shaped stapelia flower. It is such a big flower for such a small plant. The second image is of the other stapelia which I shan't be able to ID properly until it, too, flowers. It has grown since the first pic. The two plants are very different shades of green. This second one is a soft apple green.

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    Post by Joy on Wed 03 Mar 2010, 10:31 pm

    Did read that if they are disturbed when they have buds, they will spontaneously abort these buds, so I will have leave them in the pots, they were delivered in, for a while. They seem perfectly happy in them. ;)

    Can't wait to see what type of flower the other plant will have. These plants are so cool. 8)

    Oh, forgot to mention that they smell like rotten meat so that they will attract flies who climb right up inside the flower & take part in the pollination process. Trouble is, there aren't any other of these plants near by.
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    Post by Joy on Sun 14 Mar 2010, 10:20 pm

    Here is a pic of the stapelia leendertziae & its rapidly growing new bud. The unknown, as yet, type of stapelia has two buds which look as though they will flower together. Am really keen to find out what its flower will look like. These images were taken a few days later.


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    Post by Joy on Wed 17 Mar 2010, 3:46 pm

    The unknown stapelia bud is really growing very quickly. It is about 9cms long. The stapeila leendertziae "Carrion Flower" or "Black Bell" bud is also growing fast.

    Todays pics.



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    Post by Joy on Sat 20 Mar 2010, 8:59 pm

    Did think the unknown stapelia would have burst open today but, alas, no. :( The stapelia leendertziae has opened fully, though, & is emitting its deliciously alluring (to flies) aroma. Boy, does it smell. You would not want it under the bedroom window. Or any window, for that matter.

    Today's pics.



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    Post by Joy on Mon 31 May 2010, 9:57 pm

    The two stapelias ~ leendertziae & gigantea ~ have both turned into a purple/brown shade after being such a nice green when they were flowering. Not having any buds, now would be an excellent time to repot them.

    Hmmmm, must get on to that. :D

    This is the two of them. It is hard to tell which is which.' :???:

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    Post by Joy on Wed 25 Aug 2010, 9:57 pm

    Both stapelias have just been repotted in time for spring. Apparently stapelias will drop any flower buds or new growth if disturbed when growing these, such as being repotted. Didn't want to take that chance so did them last w/e.

    As the stapelia leendetziae was hanging over the side of it pot so much I thought I could plant it at an angle &, hopefully, it might correct itself & turn its stems up straight. We'll see. :whistle:

    This was taken when they were first repotted. See what I mean by planting the stapelia leendertziae at an angle. 😉

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    Post by Joy on Wed 25 Aug 2010, 10:01 pm

    This one was taken two days later & the stapelia gigantea on the left has filled out well with some water. The water would run straight through the soil in the pots they were given to us in.

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    Post by Joy on Tue 07 Sep 2010, 2:07 pm

    Look at the stapelia leendertziae now!!! It is standing up, lovely & straight. :bravo:

    Both stapelias are now nice & plump again. They were rather skinny when I repotted them as any water would run straight through the other soil they were in. Don't know what it was as it was the soil that was in their pots when I received them. :huh2: :??:

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    Post by Joy on Sat 20 Nov 2010, 3:24 pm

    The third stalpelia bud.

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    Post by Joy on Wed 24 Nov 2010, 5:29 pm

    The four stapelia leendertziae flowers to be. They are now facing downwards which they do just before they open.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 27 Nov 2010, 3:17 pm

    Here is the pic I have just taken of the bf the bunch of three stapeila leendertziae flowers fully open. There was a fly buzzing around them at the time. The smell is there. :sick2:

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    Post by Joy on Sat 08 Jan 2011, 4:04 pm

    A fly investigating the delights of this smelly stapelia leendertziae flower. :lol2:



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    Post by Joy on Sat 29 Jan 2011, 4:37 pm

    Thanks Glad. This plant is not actually a cactus but is a thornless succulent which is very soft & velvety to the touch. The small stumpy things along the edges of the ridges, on the stems, are the leaves. Those pods are the developing flower buds & the flowers have no real petals as such. :smile: They are amazing plants as they grow in some of the driest places on the planet.
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    Post by Joy on Sat 02 Apr 2011, 3:31 pm

    Meanwhile, the stapelia leendertziae was presenting us with another stinky flower. :sick2: Much to the flies' delight. :happy:

    There is a fly inside this flower but as it is so dark in there it is hard to see it. It is to the right.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 02 Apr 2011, 3:33 pm

    Here is the fly, still enamoured of the flower, crawling around the outside looking for the rotten meat. :lol2:

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    Post by Joy on Sat 06 Aug 2011, 4:22 pm

    Here are the two stapelias ~ Leendertziae (on the right) & Gigantea (on the left), in their winter colours. Have no idea why they change colour in the colder weather, maybe it is to do with attracting the heat from the sun or something. :huh2: :??:

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    Post by Joy on Thu 24 Nov 2011, 2:59 pm

    Despite the rain, the flies were quick to follow the stapelia leendertziae's "fragrance" trail back to the flower.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 28 Jan 2012, 11:04 am

    The second of the stapelia leendertziae flowers has opened. Boy, did it pong!!!

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    Post by Joy on Fri 30 Mar 2012, 3:11 pm

    The second stapelia leendertziae bud has opened. The flies loved it.  :yes:  :lol:



    These two stapelia leendertziae buds are getting bigger quickly.



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    Post by Joy on Thu 05 Apr 2012, 8:30 am

    The second of these two buds has opened, much to the flies delight. The other one has wilted very quickly.



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