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Thiruvengadam Ekambaram

Jan 8, 2009, 7:30:44 AM1/8/09
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This picture taken in Bharatpur , Keoladeo National Park, When was there
5 to 6 Jan. 2009
ID please.


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Kenneth Greby

Jan 8, 2009, 8:25:26 AM1/8/09
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 Pretty sure this is a Stapelia species (Starfish Flower), though exact ID is a difficult without a flower.

Ken Greby
Palmetto Bay, Florida USA

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J.M. Garg

Jan 8, 2009, 10:41:12 AM1/8/09
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Thanks, Kenneth ji.
Some interesting aspects from Wikipedia link on Stapelia "carrion flowers":

The 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, 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.

A very good link on Stapelia (carrion flower) species:

2009/1/8 Kenneth Greby <>

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Gurcharan Singh

Apr 17, 2021, 12:40:07 AM4/17/21
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Forwarding for ID
Distributed as Stapelia species
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Gurcharan Singh

Apr 17, 2021, 12:41:07 AM4/17/21
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