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Stapelia asterias     12/10/19
The first of my seed grown Stapelias. Believe it or not, this is a milkweed. The seeds come with an attached fuzzy parachute, The strange thing here is that this flower and all other Stapelia flowers in my greenhouse today don't smell very bad. (I was an organic chemist, and few smells turn me off. I lived with bad smells for over 40 years.) My theory is that the odor of this genus requires some trace element that has been sucked out/leached out of the plant's pots in my greenhouse these past eight or so years. So - no bad smell. I could be wrong. Maybe I like bad smells. The flower is about 6" (15 cm) across.   (8/8)   

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