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Sep 12, 2021 - 6:39:05 AM



12592 posts since 6/14/2007

Debbie has always loved plants.  She studied horticulture in college and we've always had an abundance of plants growing in and around the house.  Some quite strange.  One of the strangest is her Carrion plant.   This thing puts on blooms that look and smell like rotting meat.  I'm not kidding, and right now it's loaded with these huge blooms.  It's really stinks.  If this thing was growing in the woods and someone came by and smelled it they would go get the cops and come looking for a body.

It attracts flies, which act as pollinators.   They are attracted to the smell of rotting meat and they lay eggs  in the bloom.  When the eggs hatch the larvae have nothing to eat and starve to death.  So in a way the plant is natural pest control.

Photo of Carrion plant bloom with desiccated fly larvae.

Desiccated maggots.   

Edited by - Mopick on 09/12/2021 06:39:51

Sep 12, 2021 - 7:05:10 AM

187 posts since 10/26/2018

The neighbor has castor bean plants. Her sister mailed her the seeds from Texas or Florida, can't recall which.

Highly poisonous, where ricin comes from apparently, but she only knew enough to tell me it was poisonous and to not let my dog eat it (he wouldn't, but thanks for the heads up). Might not be that weird, but I'd never seen them before. Apparently they can get tree-like tall but I can't imagine that will happen here in the Midwest where snow happens. 

Edited by - WVDreamin on 09/12/2021 07:05:55

Sep 12, 2021 - 10:32:04 AM
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I have a cucumber plant that thinks it's a tree. It has climbed its way up the lower branches and now when I want a cucumber, I have to get the 6' ladder out.

Sep 12, 2021 - 11:09:03 AM

10494 posts since 8/22/2006

Don’t know what kind of mushroom this is but it does not look like it’s a nice one.


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