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James Tyrrell


James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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This is such an interesting blog. I love gardening, plants and trees of any type. There is so much to learn in nature. Please write more blogs about the plants found in the bush and veld.

Mother Nature continues to amaze me with her vast and unusual kingdom of plants that grace this world. Londolozi being no exception. In this case what is fascinating is that a plant is so adapted that it actually emits a scent that is indicative of rotting meat to attract insects! Rotting meat….really! Oh I totally believe you, but how advanced and sophisticated nature has become. The flower is a study unto itself. James, what a fascinating blog you continue to present!

That is a beautiful flower! It is amazing how it works to propagate itself. And your story is hilarious! So glad you guys aren’t perfect either!

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I think you missed a trick, this would be a good story for next Sunday – 1st April

Haha I didn’t think of that.
I’m sure we can come up with something else though Ian…

James – your articles are gold mines of information. I have always been intrigued by peculiar plants. We had the carnivorous pitcher plant growing in our yard and I remember seeing Venus’s fly trap at a friends, although I don’t think either is naturally found in Africa. I knew of putrid smelling plants – rafflesia being the one most are familiar with – but never knew some species were found in the wild in Africa. I hope I get to see one of these on our next trip over.

SO interesting, James! I have been in and our of the bush since I was 4 but have never seen one of these plants. I turn 80 on Tuesday 3rd April in about a week’s time so it has been many years off and on in the bush country. We are going to the bush for my birthday. Greatly looking forward to it yet again! Wendy

Hi Wendy,

I haven’t seen one for years, so I imagine they aren’t that common!
I hope you have a wonderful time in the bush for your birthday. Whereabouts are you going?
Best regards

So the plant can fool a human nose and fly with it’s smell (may we call it scent?), but doesn’t fool an animal? I guess nature knows that humans don’t eat rotting meat, but it needs the flies to pollinate the flower.

That is hilarious!! It is that plants job to fool anything that passes by so I wouldn’t feel too bad about it!!

I wonder if hyenas get confused by it too?

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Oh this is so funny, I can just picture the two of you looking for this “stink”!! 🙂 My neighbour has one & the gecko’s & skinks are also attracted to it as the fruit flies & others are food for them 🙂 Thank you for this very humorous post James

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