One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A succulent African plant with large star-shaped fleshy flowers that have bold markings and a fetid carrionlike smell that attracts pollinating flies.
Genus Stapelia, family AsclepiadaceaeAlso called carrion flower
- ‘There are several succulents: crown of thorns, Madagascar palms, stapelias, optunia sublata to name a few.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The garden has fairly comprehensive collections of succulent plants like haworthias, gasterias, stapelias, huernias, duvalias, adeniums, pachypodiums, tylecodons, lithops and other mesembs.’
- ‘Other prominent succulent plant families include Euphorbiaceae, Asclepiadaceae (milkweeds and stapelias), Aloaceae and Portulacaceae (portulaca).’
Modern Latin, named after Jan Bode von Stapel (died 1636), Dutch botanist.
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