Make your own free website on Tripod.com
Stapelia Flowers

About | Cacti | Succulents | Flowers | Growing | Seeds | Graft | Hydroponics | Problems | Books | Links
  Main > C&S Flowers > Stapelia FlowersSite Map

Stapelia grandiflora (Oct 2000)

I have a few specimens of Stapelia gigantea started from a cutting I got from a fellow collector in Melaka. The specimen below was grown in aquaculture. After a few months of spectacular growth, it started to produce flowers.

The two pictures above were taken in August 2000. It started to bloom around early October 2000. The few initial flowers are shown in Page 2. The pictures below were taken around mid-October, when a flower opened completely.

At least the flower of Stapelia gigantea has some red. Many non-cacti succulents have very low-profile non-showy flowers.

The flower is large, about 3" in diameter or more. The petals are covered with fine red hair.

The first picture above shows the centre portion of the flower. I've tried to disturb this structure with a brush but nothing came of it. I don't know how to pollinate this plant.

Sep 2002: According to a fellow collector, pollination is a very specialized operation, as the flower's sexual apparatus is designed specially for pollination by certain insects. Documentation on this can be found elsewhere on the Internet.


Dec 2000

These are pictures of a flower on a specimen grown in a pot with normal soil. I go for richer soil for such fleshy and fast-growing succulents. If grown well, it will flower readily. In tropical weather, it isn't seasonal.



About | Cacti | Succulents | Flowers | Growing | Seeds | Graft | Hydroponics | Problems | Books | Links
  Last modified: 2002-09-10  Copyright © 1997-2002.  Kein-Hong Man.  all rights reserved