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A Fly-Loving Flower

The Chinese carrion lily pictured here, advertises to the flies to act as its messengers of pollenation. The spathe frequently grows to eighteen inches in length and, as can be seen, though rich and really beautiful, is of the same color as a piece of decaying liver. The smell emitted from this flower is offensive in the extreme-all an advertisement to the flies, which are carrion-loving Insects.

A Fly-Loving Flower

This image is from: Luther Burbank: his methods and discoveries and their practical application. Volume 1 Chapter 3