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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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    Post by Dawn on Sat 12 Mar 2011, 6:58 pm

    Love your little Hyper smiley man is he on our list here :smile:
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    Post by Joy on Sat 12 Mar 2011, 9:42 pm

    He sure is Dawn. He is with the other hyperactive ones. :sun: Have also included :scales: for Bruiser's sake. :bear: :lol2:
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    Post by Joy on Thu 17 Mar 2011, 8:59 pm

    The two buds on the stapelia gigantea continue to grow rather rapidly. Here are today's pics of them. They aren't quite the same size. One is 12.5cm (5ins) long & the other 11cm (just over 4ins). Hopefully, that may mean one might open before the other which would be great. We can only wait & see. :luck: The second bud is certainly, now, too big to be a sacrificial bud as has happened previously.

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    Post by Joy on Thu 17 Mar 2011, 9:04 pm

    The stapelia leendertziae is also now growing new buds. Here are the two plants buds showing the difference in size, although the leendertziae buds aren't as developed as the gigantea's buds. Nonetheless, they are still much smaller with the open leendertsziae flowers being just 7.5cms (3ins) long.

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    Post by Joy on Thu 17 Mar 2011, 9:07 pm

    Another view of the stapelia gigantea buds.

    The first bud is the largest. It is hard to notice the difference in size though.

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    Post by Joy on Thu 17 Mar 2011, 9:11 pm

    These stapelia gigantea buds are strange looking things.

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    Post by Bruce on Fri 18 Mar 2011, 4:59 am

    What more stinky's :whistle:
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    Post by Joy on Fri 18 Mar 2011, 8:24 am

    Sure thing, Bruiser. ;) They will attract some flies for the Venus Fly Trap & the sarracenia purpura. :dance2:
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    Post by Dawn on Fri 18 Mar 2011, 5:49 pm

    Stinkys :D :D :D :D you definitely got that right! ;)


    Joy! they are huge buds which goes with the name, to me they look like a GIANT gooseberries just with a longer point.



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    Post by Joy on Fri 18 Mar 2011, 8:57 pm

    They sure are big buds, Dawn.. :smile: The flower we had last year was 30cm (12in) across when it was open. :o The plant stems were only 20cm (8in) tall, too. :O

    Think I might put the Venus Fly Trap & the sarracenia purpura up beside the stapelias, when they open, as there haven't been many flies around lately. This might give them a feed. :cool4:
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    Post by Joy on Mon 21 Mar 2011, 3:00 pm

    The stapelia gigantea buds have BOTH grown. Am so pleased about this as previously the other bud has stopped growing & dropped off the plant. Think the fact that the plant has grown so much & therefore has much more resources may be the reason both buds have grown. :bravo:

    The buds are 12.5cm long!!!

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    Post by Bruce on Tue 22 Mar 2011, 6:42 am

    More STINKY :donald:
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    Post by Joy on Tue 22 Mar 2011, 7:43 am

    And do the flies love them, Bruiser!!! :love: They have arrived in heaps since the flowers opened. :whistle: Luckily, some have been visiting the sarracenia purpura & there a few closed traps on the Venus Fly Trap, as well. :clap:

    Will post some pics of the flies on the opened flowers soon. :cool4:
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    Post by Joy on Tue 22 Mar 2011, 3:37 pm

    Here are some pics from yesterday of the two opened stapelia gigantea flowers. Itwas a bit of a surprise that the two buds opened at the same time. these flowers are 30cm (12in) across.

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    Post by Joy on Tue 22 Mar 2011, 3:38 pm

    The other strange flower of the stapelia gigantea.

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    Post by Joy on Tue 22 Mar 2011, 3:40 pm

    The two of them. Sure are weird & primitive looking flowers..

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    Post by Joy on Tue 22 Mar 2011, 3:43 pm

    They, certainly, do look like starfish.

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    Post by Joy on Tue 22 Mar 2011, 3:44 pm

    The blowflies came a'calling looking for a feed. :lol2:

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    Post by Joy on Tue 22 Mar 2011, 3:45 pm

    So did the ants.

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    Post by Joy on Fri 25 Mar 2011, 3:36 pm

    A blowfly & an ant werestill attracted to the stapelia gigantea flowers a few days later. So the smell lingers on. :sick2:

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    Post by Joy on Fri 25 Mar 2011, 3:39 pm

    The two flowers are now definitely folding up. They do not last that long, especially for such large flowers that would need a great deal of effort from the plant to produce.

    This image was taken in the morning.

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    Post by Joy on Fri 25 Mar 2011, 3:41 pm

    Five hours later the stapelia gigantea flowers were like this. One flower was totally folded & droopy while the second had opened back up. That didn't last long & they were both the same the next morning.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 02 Apr 2011, 3:26 pm

    This is how the stapelia gigantea flowers look like when they drop off the plant. The stems remain for the plant to continue absorbing the nutrients they contain. The remnants of the flowers are just shrivelled up husks.

    Here is an image of the second flower to drop. It weighs almost nothing, too.

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    Post by Joy on Mon 19 Dec 2011, 3:03 pm

    Have just noticed a strange happening on the stapelia gigantea which I have not not seen in the stapelia leedertziae. It has started new growth on the top of some of it older stems. It hasn't done this before. Perhaps it needs repotting. Now would be the time to do it as it doesn't have any buds yet.

    These plants will drop any buds they may have, if they are disturbed at this time. So no repotting when they are in bud.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 05 Feb 2012, 4:23 pm

    The new extensions on the top of many of the stapelia gigantea stems have grown so big. There are also many buds, all concentrated in the one area, too.




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