Definition of stapelia in English:



  • A succulent African plant with large star-shaped fleshy flowers that have bold markings and a fetid smell of rotting meat that attracts pollinating flies.

    Genus Stapelia, family Asclepiadaceae

    Also called carrion flower
    • ‘With the first rains, the seemingly arid soil of the Upper Karoo bursts into abundant life, its hardy succulents - aloes, crassulas and stapelias - complementing the sweet grasses on which the region's myriad merino and fat-tailed sheep graze.’
    • ‘The official name is stapelia leendertziae and it started blooming about 3 weeks ago.’
    • ‘There are several succulents: crown of thorns, Madagascar palms, stapelias, optunia sublata to name a few.’
    • ‘Other prominent succulent plant families include Euphorbiaceae, Asclepiadaceae (milkweeds and stapelias), Aloaceae and Portulacaceae (portulaca).’
    • ‘The garden has fairly comprehensive collections of succulent plants like haworthias, gasterias, stapelias, huernias, duvalias, adeniums, pachypodiums, tylecodons, lithops and other mesembs.’


Modern Latin, named after Jan Bode von Stapel (died 1636), Dutch botanist.