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  •  Your first few pictures.... (6+ / 0-)

    are of the flower of a stapelia species.  Some of the stapelia species have large flowers, one as much as 16" across.  They are in the same family as plumerias and hoyas, the apocynae family.

    They are not carnivorous at all.  They don't eat the flies.  The flies are attracted to the flower because it smells like rotting meat, thus a common name of carrion flower.  The flies gather pollen from the flower and then disperse it on the next flower they visit.  They are the catalysts for stapelia fornication.

    Here in California, I often see lizards waiting close to stapelia flowers ready to pounce on the flies and have a nice meal of raw fly meat seasoned with pollen which I am sure is a true delicacy for the lizard along with being very nutritious.

    A camel can carry a lot of gold, but it still eats alfalfa.

    by oldliberal on Sat Nov 02, 2013 at 08:47:51 PM PDT

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