Sunday, April 17, 2011

Alien

Doesn’t this look like it might have arrived from some distant planet?  This is a succulent known as Stapelia Grandiflora and as the “grand-flora” name implies, it produces a huge flower that to me looks quite alien. 

14 comments:

Birdman said...

Beauty!

Kathy said...

Very low to the ground it appears but what a brilliant color!

Stephanie said...

You have the most interesting plants out there in the desert! And very beautiful, too.

Thank you for your thoughts, Sharon. I can't believe there was so much damage and loss of live with not a single reported tornado. Very unusual storm. We personally have no damage, but electricity and tree crews are busy all over town...

Randy said...

It looks like a starfish. Great color

Jarart said...

Strange but beautiful!

Regina K said...

Beautiful!

Jack said...

Wasn't this in a Star Wars movie, Sharon?

Kate said...

I am loving the variety of flowers and plants you have been posting recently!

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

Yes, I agree. That's probably the devil...you know, looks so attractive and then sucks you in and you're a goner! You probably ought not get your camera too close to it!

RedPat said...

Quite bizarre indeed! I am loving all these strange plants you are shooting.

tracy said...

It's very pretty! I don't think I have seen one of these before.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

It amazes me how a cactus can look "normal" for a cactus all year, and then all of a sudden it produces large, strange flowers, for a few days, and then they are gone.

Julie and I were away for a few days, staying in a bed and breakfast in Oak Creek, with no TV, no phone and no internet, so I am just now catching up with your last several posts.

Magpie said...

What an amazing flower! Is that the bud? It looks alien too. Love the deep color.

JM said...

Stapelia flowers are amazing! I keep one species only but it's growing everywhere now as each seed pod has hundreds of seeds! :-)