Today’s entry was written by Alexis.
Stapelia flavopurpurea is a small succulent species native to South Africa and Namibia, usually found growing beneath bushes and in stony areas. It is associated with calcrete.
Stapeliads are also known as carrion flowers because they often give off unpleasant odours (often like rotting flesh) that attract flies, which act as pollinators. Stapelia flavopurpurea is one of the few Stapelia species that do not have a stinky smell. On the contrary, they may give off a pleasant scent; the scent of the lighter-coloured flowers has been compared to that of honey or marzipan. The flowers of this species are also highly variable in appearance and exhibit an array of colours. The flower lobes can vary from brown to red, green or yellow. The centre of the flower is typically white, but covered in hairs that may be white or purple. Lastly, the corona is white to red-purple with a yellow-tinged base (ref: Bruyns’ Stapeliads of Southern Africa and Madagascar (2005).