Native to Africa, flowers are very showy, star-shaped, and wildly colored form pale gold to red-black, and can be vividly patterned with rich burgundy speckles and transverse lines. This is a member of the Stapeliad family that includes Huernias, Carallumas, Orbeas, Stapelias, and others, and their main natural pollinators are flies. They mimic the smell (and in some cases the look as well!) of a dead animal to attract the flies. Requires porous soil with adequate drainage. Bright light and ample airflow. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Water less during extreme heat and during temperatures below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Will tolerate extreme heat as long as light is not intense. Prefers winter temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Protect from frost.