Well jackpot, the flowers do stink - however Stapeliad flowers are fascinating in all respects - the huge size of the flowers of some species, their unusual colour, pattern and morphology, and why not, the smelly way they attract pollinators
OK, like you Robcar, I find these flowers very beautiful (as one can see in the pic above) and now that we are discussing them, I don't mind their stinking smell of rotten dead matter. To defend the flowers, the smell is sensed only if you put your nose nearby, so not that they will putrify the air of your garden! It attracts numerous types of flies (not just the housefly), so ideal for any nature photographer.
For me, it is amazing to see the extent and perfect tactics that certain plants go to attract their polinators. 10 points for Stapeila for mimicing dead matter, and also 10 points to play a joke on the guests when I ask to smell the curious flower scent!
If someone is interested to have a budding piece, I bring it with me in the next activity for the forum members.