This one is not uncommon around Perth. See it every so often on gumtree, and you can usually pick it up by talking to someone in a gardening group. But its still spectacular.
This one measures about 15cm from the corona to the end of a petal, so about 30cm in diameter. Singularly the flowers don't smell too bad. But as I tend to have all my carrion flowers in one spot, well lets just say the smells are starting to get stronger.
I have seen this growing in the ground here - usually morning sun in a really really well drained garden bed. Not to close to entertaining areas. Does grow fairly rampant from what I can see when it gets the right growing situation. But it doesn't really seem to like the Perth summer and would rather nestle into a semishaded position than venture into really hot spots.
Nice reddish hairs on this one - but not a huge number of them. Probably one of my least hairy stapelia's :D
|Stapelia Gigantea in flower|
|Stapelia Gigantea corona|