Starfish in the Desert!

starfish cactus bud resizedThis starfish cactus is getting ready to bloom in the arid room at the Miller Nature Preserve. The plant doesn’t look much like a starfish now – but wait until it blooms.  These blooms have another trick that is not quite as pretty.  The flowers are pollinated by flies – so to attract the flies, they stink!  The other name for the flower is “carrion flower”.  There are lots of buds on the plant, so even though each flower only lasts a few days, you will have several chances to see the bloom.  This plant is native to South Africa.

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