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    Can some one please identify this plant and what regions of SA it would be found
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    Carrion Flower or Aasblom:This one looks like Stapelia lepida

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    Hi,
    It's Orbea variegata and found in the Western Cape.

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    Thanks, i am now confused
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    Ian, as per maddy, it's Orbea variegata.

    Stapelia lepida looks similar, but the Orbea is native to the Western Cape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonB View Post
    Ian, as per maddy, it's Orbea variegata.
    Ok Simon thanks
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    Ian Maddy is 100% correct it is indeed Orbea variegata or as they say in normal speak "carrion flower or aasblom, bokhoring"

    The name Orbea is derived from the Latin word orbis, which refers to the central raised disc or annulus, found in the flowers of most species. The plants attract flies as polinators with a pungent smell hence he term aasblom or carrion flower, the bokhoring part comes from the seed pods that looks like two straight pods joined at the base.

    The variegata is probably the most well known of the species and have been cultivated the longest, maddy is correct with the origin in the winter rainfall areas of the western cape, mainly along the coastal area and another totally useless bit of trivia is the fact that these plants are regarded as an alien invader in the southern parts of oz

    Ps they belong to the larger group of stapeliads
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    Quote Originally Posted by hbannink View Post
    Ian Maddy is 100% correct it is indeed Orbea variegata or as they say in normal speak "carrion flower or aasblom, bokhoring"

    The name Orbea is derived from the Latin word orbis, which refers to the central raised disc or annulus, found in the flowers of most species. The plants attract flies as polinators with a pungent smell hence he term aasblom or carrion flower, the bokhoring part comes from the seed pods that looks like two straight pods joined at the base.

    The variegata is probably the most well known of the species and have been cultivated the longest, maddy is correct with the origin in the winter rainfall areas of the western cape, mainly along the coastal area and another totally useless bit of trivia is the fact that these plants are regarded as an alien invader in the southern parts of oz

    Ps they belong to the larger group of stapeliads
    Thankyou Henk, i am really impressed with your explanation.
    Thankyou, and to the others for their support
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    Hi guys,

    It's actually the same thing - Stapelia lepida is a synonym of Orbea variegata.
    And another bit of useless information:
    O.variegata was one of the first Stapeliads to make its way into cultivation in Europe...

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddy View Post
    Hi guys,

    It's actually the same thing - Stapelia lepida is a synonym of Orbea variegata.

    Can you provide a reference for this please? I don't think that's correct, but happy to be shown wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonB View Post
    Can you provide a reference for this please? I don't think that's correct, but happy to be shown wrong.
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    The genus Orbea is probably one of the stapeliad genera that have undergone the most taxonomic changes. It was described by Haworth in 1812, and then sunk under Stapelia soon after. Until 1975 when Leach resurrected the genus, most of the species were allocated to either Stapelia or Caralluma. Leach (1975) re-separated Orbea into its own genus. I think they remain like that maybe Owen has more info on it


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    I love the smell of plant nerds in the evening. Much better than an Orbea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RK_ct View Post
    I love the smell of plant nerds in the evening. Much better than an Orbea.
    Plants are an amazing world on their own and does so much more to enhance an off road trip. Learn how to read the veld as far as the plants go and you can almost predict where you will find the big 5 add to that bird life and habits of the feathered ones and the predictions are even more accurate

    Never get on the wrong side of a plant nerd either, saying it with flowers has a completely different meaning. From a sweet and gentle whisper of the Bonatea speciosa to the harsh statement of the Boophone disticha or even the lethal message of the beautiful flame lilly
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    Hi Simon,
    Quote Originally Posted by SimonB View Post
    Can you provide a reference for this please? I don't think that's correct, but happy to be shown wrong.
    In the "Plants of Southern Africa - an annotated checklist", a 1231 page book which is now also online
    http://posa.sanbi.org/specieslist.ph...optSynonyms=on
    I am not sure if the link to the search result works, if not try this one:
    http://posa.sanbi.org/searchspp.php
    put in Apocynaceae, Orbea and variegata and tick 'include synonimous taxa' and you end up with a list an arm long...

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    Growing nicely in my eccentric neighbors garden, took the pictures now,
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