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This is a discussion on oh cool! maggots! within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; Stinky flowers are truly amazing. They challenge our idea of beauty! I received a Bulbo ...

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    Stinky flowers are truly amazing. They challenge our idea of beauty! I received a Bulbo recently that was purportedly stinky....unfortunately, it wasn't. I was excited about the stench. The stapelia is beautiful!
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    i had 2 samples of this bloom for me this year, a first for both, one i had just gotten as a rooted cutting a few months ago (shown above) the other i got over a year ago as a small seedling. there are a lot of these, all star shaped flowers, but an odd mix of yellows reds and browns, and a few exceptions. most have small 2" or less flowers. this one is about 6" across. the petals will completely re-curve behind the flower if there is no obstruction, but otherwise they lay flat against or drape onto their surroundings. like a dead starfish. the buds are like little chinese lanterns, big balloon pods that eventually snap open one evening. flowers vary from yellow with reddish to reddish with some hints of yellow, and i think temperature is a factor, and light for sure. i have 3 other (2 unbloomed) stapeliads already and i don't want more really, so i was going to get a bulbo as the reward for flowering this one. i saw a cross of echinolabium with something else that is reportedly able to do well here in southern ca. 'bulbo wilbur chang' is the name. large stinky yellow flower. might be a suitable reward plant.

    this is the other red one with petals curved all the way back behind the flower:
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    holding it up to the other variety flowering, s. gigantea is much larger, but it is hard to tell in this photo, since the red flower is closer, it looks almost the same size. the grandiflora is about 6" across, but the gigantea was about 11" on the largest flower.
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    Do you know if this is related to Huernia Zebrina: aka the "Life Saver Plant?" I was interested in this plant at one point but I had only seen pics of the flowers closeup. It wasn't until I saw a wide-angle shot of the plant that I realized it's a giant cactus-like thing. I had thought it was tiny and cute...

    Anyway, do you think yours is related?

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    So I'm totally liking the stapelia grandiflora, but the maggots part - not so much. Poor confused flys. haha..

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    the lifesaver plant is a relative. actually it is smaller, only about 6" tall. with like 2.5" flowers. these all spread out like ground cover plants. they stay low. i am moving them into hanging planters, as it will show off the flowers better. and too much sun will burn them, they like more shade, but otherwise grow like cacti. if i get another, i do want one of these huernias, and maybe an edithcolea, that one has wicked looking flowers. i think these will also do well as a epiphyte plant, with some sort of mossy/soil type pocket i bet these would do well in trees in dryer areas. i hear people are planting succulents in trees here with their laelias. mostly echeverias, but i bet these would work.

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    I have to ask...in that first picture, what is in that can in the background? It's sitting to the left of the plants. It looks like a can of orchid beer!

    Oh, and, you're right...the edithcolea has seriously cool flowers! I just looked it up! As far as the life-saver plant being smaller...I've seen pictures of it in hanging baskets, sort of sprawling out all over the place. I don't particularly like the look of the plant overall...and I'm not sure that those cutely bizarre flowers would be enough to motivate me to do right by the plant in the long-term.

    Although I do like the idea of it tolerating lower light. You know what...I'm getting an idea...my son REALLY wants a cool cactus for his room, but he only has one window and it doesn't get very bright in there. I've tried a zebra plant and a small skinny cactus with a bright red ball-like top (not sure what it was officially called), but they both rotted. Not enough light and too much water.

    My son was bummed both times his plants died. He really wants something unique and wacky-looking, and he tends to go toward the weird cactus-y things. He REALLY wants my venus fly trap, but that needs way more sun than his room can provide.

    How shady of conditions will that life-saver plant tolerate, do you know?

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    I like the flowers so attractive but maggots em.....nice photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrchidAddict View Post
    I As far as the life-saver plant being smaller...I've seen pictures of it in hanging baskets, sort of sprawling out all over the place. I don't particularly like the look of the plant overall...and I'm not sure that those cutely bizarre flowers would be enough to motivate me to do right by the plant in the long-term.

    How shady of conditions will that life-saver plant tolerate, do you know?
    Jenn, Huernia zebrinia is a small plant. The one you posted/linked is mine and it is still in the fairly shallow 5-6 inch pot it was in then. Culture does influence size. A friend to whom I gave a piece (they root easily from cuttings) has had his growing very vigorously -- to the point it is much larger than mine. Mine is much slower growing. One of the biggest cultural differences is that he waters far more often than I do.

    Very easy plants to care for, IME. In higher light, the stems will develop a reddish/purple cast. Direct sun would likely be far to strong unless it was early morning light. So I would say less than Catt lighting but more than phal.

    And a big plus to zebrina is it has no detectable scent.

    If you have any other questions you can pm me if you like.







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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    Ah well, no one ever said maggots were very bright. Love the close up shots.



    Yes love the close up shots , you can keep the maggots

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