Up on Lion's Head this morning I saw this Ferraria crispa flower - also known as the Spider Iris. Its odd shaped, brown, mottled petals are adapted to look like flesh as the main pollinators are various types of fly - inlcuding Flesh Flies (Sarcophaga haemorrhoidalis) that lay their eggs in rotting flesh and faeces. It smelled a bit like vanilla. The flowers are about 3 cm across and the whole plant about 20 cm high.
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1 year ago