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Stem succulents

stapeliad example 1Stem succulents don't have leaves. Cacti are stem succulents, but they are not the only ones.

This is a stapeliad. You can see the green stems behind the flower.

The stapeliads are a large family of plants. They grow in dry areas all over Africa.

Take a look at the flower. Many stapeliads have amazing flowers, but they all have five points, like a star.

Stapeliads are famous for the scent of their flowers. What's the nicest flower scent you know? Well it's nothing like a stapeliad! Many of the flowers smell of rotting meat. Horrible to us, but very tasty to flies which are attracted to the flowers and pollinate them.

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Some stapeliad flowers can be hairy. Take a look at the pictures below.
The hairs are soft and silky to touch.

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