carrion flower


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carrion flower

n.
1. Any of several North American plants of the genus Smilax, especially S. herbacea, an herbaceous tendril-bearing vine having clusters of small greenish flowers with the odor of decaying flesh.
2. Any of various plants having flowers that emit a foul odor, especially stapelia.

carrion flower

n
1. (Plants) a liliaceous climbing plant, Smilax herbacea of E North America, whose small green flowers smell like decaying flesh
2. (Plants) any of several other plants, esp any of the genus Stapelia, whose flowers have an unpleasant odour

car′rion flow`er


n.
any of several North American climbing plants belonging to the genus Smilax, of the lily family, esp. S.herbacea, having small white flowers with an odor of carrion.
[1830–40, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.carrion flower - any of various plants of the genus Stapelia having succulent leafless toothed stems resembling cacti and large foul-smelling (often star-shaped) flowers
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Stapelia - genus of foul-smelling plants resembling cacti; found from Africa to East India
Stapelias asterias - stapelia of Cape Province having mostly dark red-brown flowers with flat starlike corollas
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THE Carrion Flower, Stapelia, produces blooms that resemble raw meat and stink like rotting flesh to attract blue-bottles to pollinate them.