19 responses to “Edithcolea grandis”

  1. Susanne

    The carrion smell thing makes you wonder (or at least me) if that pattern in the flower is supposed to mimic a bunch of wriggling maggots then 🙂

  2. John Story

    The correct family is Asclepiadaceae

  3. Alice

    i have a whole load of seedlings of this plant in a heated propogater at the moment, fingers crossed at least one of them will survive and produce a flower as fabulous as this one

  4. Scott

    John, the Asclepiadaceae has been subsumed into the Apocynaceae, based on both morphological and DNA evidence.
    See http://www.mobot.org/mobot/research/apweb/

  5. chico

    Beautiful flower! The detail is stunning.

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  7. Marilyn Brown

    Do you happen to know who Edith Cole was ?

  8. Eric La Fountaine

    Miss Edith Cole (1859-1940)collected the type material for this plant in Somalia.

  9. Eric Bronson

    Beautiful, I wonder if they let visitors view it I live in South Florida and I’ll be in Miami Saturday.

  10. Tim

    Do we know the purpose or function of the hairs on the other side of the petals? It looks to be a pretty fuzzy flower.

  11. elizabeth a airhart

    follow the link and you will find
    scott zona flicker page and where
    the picture was taken
    the bloom is so unusal compared
    to the rest of the plant
    thank you

  12. Christian

    The African representatives of this family are incredible! Much different than the type genus common throughout the USA. I would like to see how the pigments in the flower react to UV light.

  13. dorothy

    oh where oh where could I find this plant???????

  14. Edith

    I KNOW I have more and better photos of this somewhere. I had to put it out on my front porch – the flies loved it, but my nose didn’t 😉
    I hope I attched a url to flickr photos here…
    Edith (who LOVES the name of today’s plant!!)

  15. Alan Butler

    If you want to find out more about Asclepiads in general go to the web site of the International Asclepiad Society http://www.asclepiad-international.org
    We produce a full colour journal three times a year.
    The hairs by the way are supposed to attract flies as many move in the breeze.

  16. Michael F

    “the stem is often eaten as a vegetable in Ethiopia and Somalia”

    An edible species in the Apocynaceae??? First one I’ve heard of. Is it the only one? They are usually poisonous, often dangerously so.

  17. Deborah Lievens

    Another fabulous example of amazing photography and the infinite variety of nature. Thanks to BPotD for keeping them coming. I love Asclepias but this plant makes me want to learn more about its “cousins”.

  18. Margaret-Rae Davis

    While working at the Durfee Conservatory at the University of Massachusette. We would had it in bloom and it seemed everyone who saw it would want to smell it. Then we were ask why did you let us smell it what a bad smell. Many laughs were ours as new students would learn about this interesting plant.
    Thank you,

  19. De Kemist

    Amazing capture of a beauty.

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