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    Post by Joy on Mon 15 Mar 2010, 1:53 pm

    We received two plants as a gift & did not know what species they were. Found out through Mr Google that they were stapelias but have had to wait until they flowered to find out which species they were. This unknown stapelia is getting ready to flower too & we were able to identify it when that happened.

    One of the buds is now growing faster than the other now. Images from yesterday & today.





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    Post by Joy on Fri 19 Mar 2010, 9:00 pm

    The two flower stapelia flower buds have grown very quickly. The unknown stapelia's flower bud is now 10/11cms long, exclusive of the stem. The other bud, on the same stem, has started to die off. Think it is a sacrificial bud. Whichever one grew the fastest gets the prize, so to speak. ;)

    Today's image. Wouldn't be surprised if it opened tomorrow.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 21 Mar 2010, 3:00 pm

    The second bud of the unknown stapelia has withered up & dropped off, so it was definitely sacrificial. The remaining bud is now soooooo big.

    Today's pic.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 21 Mar 2010, 3:01 pm

    Another angle. Did really think it would have opened by now. :o

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    Post by Joy on Tue 23 Mar 2010, 9:09 pm

    Think this stapelia is NEVER going to open!!!! :x Even the flies are waiting.

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    Post by Joy on Tue 23 Mar 2010, 9:10 pm

    Another pic which about closer to the real size.

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    Post by Joy on Tue 23 Mar 2010, 9:12 pm

    The view from the rear. This is going to be a BIG flower. Especially considering the size of the plant.

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    Post by Joy on Wed 24 Mar 2010, 10:11 am

    This little, or should I say big, beauty still hasn't opened!!! :o It is now 12cms long minus its stalk, which would add a few more cms to its length. The stem of the plant, on which it it growing, also has grown & is now 18cms tall.

    I am getting decidedly impatient. :x
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    Post by Joy on Thu 25 Mar 2010, 3:46 pm

    Ta dah!!! Today it finally opened & we were able to give this plant a name. It is a stapelia gigantea "Carrion Flower".

    This how it started first thing this morning.

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    Post by Joy on Thu 25 Mar 2010, 3:47 pm

    Now the sun was on it. It is rather hairy.

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    Post by Joy on Thu 25 Mar 2010, 3:50 pm

    From another angle.

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    Post by Joy on Thu 25 Mar 2010, 3:52 pm

    Fully opened. It opened the other four petals all at once. The flower measures 30cms across.

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    Post by Joy on Thu 25 Mar 2010, 3:53 pm

    Close up of its rudimentary-looking stamen & pistils.

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    Post by Joy on Thu 25 Mar 2010, 3:55 pm

    Later in the day it was starting to look like a starfish attacking its prey. :lol:

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    Post by Joy on Thu 25 Mar 2010, 3:57 pm

    The very small Pacific brown ants had found it. They aren't attracted to sweetness.

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    Post by Joy on Tue 01 Mar 2011, 9:03 pm

    Good news!! :smile: The stapelia gigantea, also known as "Carrion Flower" has grown some buds. Last time it did this only one of them progressed to the flower stage. Hope we have some more flowers this time. It has an amazing flower. :cool4:

    A close up.

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    Post by Joy on Tue 01 Mar 2011, 9:06 pm

    This stapelia gigantea has really grown since we first received it a little over a year ago. It has quadrupled in size. :bravo:

    The whole plant.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 12 Mar 2011, 2:21 pm

    The stapelia gigantea, also known as "Carrion Flower" the same as the leendertziae, is growing flower buds. Last year there were two buds but only one developed into a flower & the other became a sacrificial bud. Do not know why this happens. Maybe because the flower is so huge compared to the plant, it needs all its resources to cope with the one. Two flowers may be just too much for it to cope with.

    Last year there were only two stems but this year there are at least eight with more growing. Perhaps this year it may be able to support two flowers. We shall see.

    There are two buds here as well as new stems growing.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 12 Mar 2011, 2:22 pm

    One of the buds. There appears to be other buds growing as well as new stems.



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    Post by Joy on Sat 12 Mar 2011, 2:23 pm

    Another angle.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 12 Mar 2011, 2:29 pm

    The stapelia gigantea "Carrion Flower" buds four days later. It will be interesting to see which one forges ahead.

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    Post by Dawn on Sat 12 Mar 2011, 4:11 pm

    yes I see the two buds and the two growing stems!, but what are the other little shoots or what looks like little buds coming out there? at the base of the stems and buds?
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    Post by Dawn on Sat 12 Mar 2011, 4:11 pm

    it looks like more buds to me ? or am I mistaken?
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    Post by Joy on Sat 12 Mar 2011, 5:26 pm

    They certainly look like buds, Dawn, but they do not seem to growing much at all. :huh2: We shall see what eventuates. :smile: The stapelia leenertziae grew some more buds several weeks ago but when we had all that rain they just turn up their toes & dropped off without doing anything. :lol2:

    These are strange plants, indeed. :happy:

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