“Smelly plant, smelly plant, what are they feeding you?”

The inflorescence pictured below smells exactly like road-kill.  Its smell attracts carrion flies and other insects attracted to rotting flesh.  These insects are attracted to the nasty smell, and think they’ve found a great place to lay their eggs.  They crawl all over the flowers and inadvertently pollinate the flowers  This fragrance is currently filling the succulent room in the Tucker greenhouse.  Please drop in and take a whiff!

stinky flower

Carralluma greenbergiana found in the Apocynaceae family

stinky fowers

Huernia zebrina or Life Saver plant is also found in the Apocynaceae family.