The Carrion flower (Stapelia grandiflora) belongs to Asclepiadaceae (the Milkweed family). It is an evergreen herb that is native to South Africa; Northern cape, Eastern Cape and Free State. This herb is tufted creeping and cactus-like plant, although it is not related to cacti at all. It can reach 9-10 cm in height and forms large clusters up to 50 cm in diameter. The stems are quadrangular and the leaves are short lived and rudimentary. The flowers are large, flat, star fish-shaped, dark-red to chocolate. They appear from late summer to fall. The flowers smell the carrion of a dead animal, and attract flies which may lay eggs on them.