for whom the bell tolls

Stapelia leendertziae. This intriguing succulent from South Africa has the unfortunate habit of smelling like rotting meat. This is a boon for the pollinator, a brute, but not so pleasant for the horticulturist, who much prefers spending his earthbound time reading Hemingway, under the intense fragrance of a frangipani tree.



  1. Smelling like rotten meat is quite an unfortunate problem to have.


    • From certain perspectives, yes. And since my perspective easily trumps that of a lowly midge (or whatever it is that can’t get enough of the malodorous flower)–i will doubly agree with you!


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