Stapelia grandiflora

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Stapelia grandiflora
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Stapelia grandiflora with flower
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Tribe: Stapeliae
Genus: Stapelia
Species: S. grandiflora
Binomial name
Stapelia grandiflora

Stapelia grandiflora is a flowering plant in the Stapelia genus. It is commonly referred to as the carrion plant, starfish flower, or starfish cactus, although it is not related to cacti at all. The name "carrion plant" (due to the odor emitted by the flowers as a technique of attracting flies in areas where other pollinating insects are scarce) can also refer to similar Stapelia species as well as members of related genera, including Stapelia gigantea and Orbea variegata. Stapelia grandiflora sometimes also goes by the name of Stapelia flavirostris.