Tuesday, June 23, 2009

One Stinkin' Flower!

Huernia primulina


When I say one stinkin' flower, I mean it literally. I have only one bloom to show this week, and as it happens, it is a stinky one, and weird looking! The flower has a slight rotting flesh smell, which it uses to attract flies for pollination. It is one of the 60 species in the Huernia genus. 


12 comments:

Jean said...

That is a pretty ugly flower! I usually wish I could smell the blooms but I think I'm glad I can't smell this one. I wondered where you were today.Jean

Elizabeth-Plain and Simple said...

What a fascinating plant. Thanks for sharing it.

Blessings,
Elizabeth

Susan said...

Wow that is so cool- I love it.

Julie said...

I would like to have every one of this type plant...very cool flower!

Phoenix C. said...

This looks an interesting plant, not sure if I'd want it in the garden because of the smell!

(I went to a really interesting talk at the Botanic Garden recently about pollination - I hadn't known that bees see colours differently, so that they see the flowers differently from us - it was fascinating!)

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

Ewwwwwwww, the scent of rotting flesh is not my idea of a great flower fragrance. But hey, to each his/her own. ;-) And like you said, the flower is pretty weird. ET phone home!

GardenJoy4Me said...

Aiyana ..I don't think I could tolerate this plant with THAT smell ! LOL But it is interesting, I will give it that : )

Weeping Sore said...

I'm just as glad I can't smell it from your picture.

beckie said...

The flower is really different, but I do like the look. I hope you have it planted way away from the house. :)

Wurzerl said...

I see that your Huernia primulina is growing and blooming in the garden. My Huernia is in the winter garden - it 's really a stinky one, lol.

Have a great time Wurzerl

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That flower is cool and scary at the same time!

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Dee said...

This is so cool! I met with a local Tucson gardener awhile back and he gave me several different plants like this- but I thought he called them stapalids...anyway I can't wait for blooms!