A succulent African plant with large star-shaped fleshy flowers that have bold markings and a fetid carrion-like smell which attracts pollinating flies. Also called carrion flower.
- Genus Stapelia, family Asclepiadaceae.
- There are several succulents: crown of thorns, Madagascar palms, stapelias, optunia sublata to name a few.
- 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.
Modern Latin, named after Jan Bode von Stapel (died 1636), Dutch botanist.
For editors and proofreaders
Line breaks: sta|pelia
Definition of stapelia in:
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.