Stapelia hirsuta var. hirsuta

The beautiful and rare Stapelia hirsuta (Gentianales - Apocynaceae) is a species restricted to the South/western Cape Province of South Africa.

This bizarre plant produces a huge, star-shaped flower reaching 6” across. This species is covered in dense hairs. However, the unique aspect of these plants is that in wild they are pollinated by flies and beetles and emit a special, foul smelling odor.

The genus epithet “Stapelia" was named in honour of Johannes van Stapel, who published drawings and descriptions of the first Stapeliae discovered. The species name derives from the Latin adjective “hirsutus” meaning “rough, shaggy, bristly”, so the specific name implies: “hairy”.

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Photo credit: ©Martin Heigan

Locality: Western Cape, South Africa


Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)


Crested forest toad, genus Rhinella, that we found for the herpetologists’ research in Yasuni, Ecuador.  We loved him so much for the short time we were working with him, that we named him Winston. 

My research in Ecuador


The ribbonfish is bigger than it looks, growing up to 2m! It gets its name from the delicate-looking fins,a product of the transparent membranes. Australian species are found off the coast of southern Qld and SA. 

(Source: pink-slug)


Square Favela

Aerial view of Rio das Pedras shantytown (favela), next to Barra da Tijuca, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 28, 2014

Picture: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

Source: The Atlantic In Focus


Of the many species of stapeliads in cultivation, Caralluma russelliana is the most massive. The four-angled, blue green stems are up to three inches thick and two feet tall. Plants branch freely and form a rather large shrub, creating a sculptural marvel that looks more like a sea creature than a land plant. Tennis ball-sized globes of small reddish-black flowers appear sporadically on stem tips throughout the warm season. Like most stapeliads, the flowers stink of carrion.


Conrad Jon Godly - Sol (2013)


Time Twist | ©Jason Chinn 

This amazon formation is parts of the North Coyote Buttes - The Wave area, located on the Colorado Plateau, near the Utah and Arizona border in the United States.

The area is a gallery of gruesomely twisted sandstone, resembling deformed pillars, cones, mushrooms and other odd creations. Deposits of iron claim some of the responsibility for the unique blending of color twisted in the rock, creating a dramatic rainbow of pastel yellows, pinks and reds.

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(Source: scape-ghost)