I've had this Stapelia gigantea succulent for I think at least five years. I grew it from a small pinched off cutting and it has, very slowly, grown into this still not super giant plant. I have been hoping it would flower at some point because they are supposed to have really gorgeous starfish-like flowers. Last year it produced a small flower bud, but it ended up shriveling up and falling off. Earlier this summer, I was pleasantly surprised by this huge bud.
After a lot of waiting, this weekend it finally started to open.
And yesterday it opened completely. The plant is sometimes called carrion flower and is rumored to smell like dog poop. I believe it's primary pollinators are flies (you can see one on the picture below) who seem to enjoy the smell of those kinds of things. This one definitely smells a little off, but not in a disgusting way. I think it smells a little like bonito flakes or maybe kimchi.
Anyway, I wanted to document the flower, since it is already starting to wilt and I don't know how many years it will be before the plant produces another one.